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Newest Trend in NFL Draft? Drafting Players with Unique First Names

By Chris Malumphy

Moms and dads who want their little boys to grow up to be NFL players should jump on this growing trend as many have already done--give their sons unique first names. In the 2015 NFL Draft over 25% of the players selected had first names that were never called in any of the prior 79 drafts. There were nine new first names called in the first round alone including: Jameis, Ereck, Andrus, DeVante, Arik, Breshad, Laken, Damarius and Stephone.

2015 NFL Draft
Players with First Names Never Drafted Before
Name Round Pick Player Team Position College
Jameis Winston111BuccaneersQBFlorida State
Ereck Flowers199Giants GMiami (FL)
Andrus Peat11313Saints TStanford
DeVante Parker11414DolphinsWRLouisville
Arik Armstead1171749ersDTOregon
Breshad Perriman12626RavensWRCentral Florida
Laken Tomlinson12828Lions GDuke
Damarious Randall13030PackersDBArizona State
Stephone Anthony13131SaintsLBClemson
Dorial Green-Beckham2840TitansWRMissouri
Benardrick McKinney21143TexansLBMississippi State
Hau'oli Kikaha21244SaintsLBWashington
Jaquiski Tartt2144649ersDBSamford
Denzel Perryman21648ChargersLBMiami (FL)
Ameer Abdullah22254LionsRBNebraska
Maxx Williams22355RavensTEMinnesota
Senquez Golson22456SteelersDBMississippi
D'Joun Smith3165ColtsDBFlorida Atlantic
Clive Walford3468RaidersTEMiami (FL)
Jaelen Strong3670TexansWRArizona State
Hroniss Grasu3771Bears COregon
Owamagbe Odighizuwa31074GiantsDEUCLA
Danielle Hunter32488VikingsDELouisiana State
Geneo Grissom33397PatriotsDEOklahoma
Jamison Crowder46105RedskinsWRDuke
Jalston Fowler49108TitansRBAlabama
Arie Kouandjio413112Redskins GAlabama
Jamil Douglas415114Dolphins GArizona State
Ibraheim Campbell416115BrownsDBNorthwestern
Ramik Wilson419118ChiefsLBGeorgia
Doran Grant422121SteelersDBOhio State
Za'Darius Smith423122RavensDEKentucky
Kwon Alexander425124BuccaneersLBLouisiana State
Javorius Allen426125RavensRBUSC
Tray Walker437136RavensDBTexas Southern
Martrell Spaight55141RedskinsLBArkansas
MyCole Pruitt57143VikingsTESouthern Illinois
Mykkele Thompson58144GiantsDBTexas
Davis Tull512148SaintsLBTennessee-Chattanooga
Tyeler Davison518154SaintsDTFresno State
Neiron Ball525161RaidersLBFlorida
Deiontrez Mount61177TitansLBLouisville
Kyshoen Jarrett65181RedskinsDBVirginia Tech
Tayo Fabuluje67183Bears GTexas Christian
Kaelin Clay68184BuccaneersWRUtah
Geremy Davis610186GiantsWRConnecticut
JaCorey Shepherd615191EaglesDBKansas
Derron Smith621197BengalsDBFresno State
Leterrius Walton623199SteelersDTCentral Michigan
Quandre Diggs624200LionsDBTexas
Amarlo Herrera631207ColtsLBGeorgia
Obum Gwacham633209SeahawksDEOregon State
Reshard Cliett635211TexansLBSouth Florida
Kristjan Sokoli638214SeahawksDTBuffalo
Rakeem Nunez-Roches641217ChiefsDTSouthern Mississippi
Hayes Pullard72219BrownsLBUSC
Da'Ron Brown716233ChiefsWRNorthern Illinois
Dezmin Lewis717234BillsWRCentral Arkansas
Gerod Holliman722239SteelersDBLouisville
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu724241BrownsDBOregon
Trenton Brown72724449ers GFlorida
Taurean Nixon734251BroncosDBTulane
Xzavier Dickson736253PatriotsLBAlabama
Rory 'Busta' Anderson73725449ersTESouth Carolina
Denzell Goode738255Colts TMars Hill

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