Everyone has that guy they like too much for no particular reason. As for players already in the league, sometimes we like the guy because we followed him in college. Sometimes it's because of his player profile, such as the guy being a low-round pick that worked his way onto an NFL roster. Sometimes it's because they're just damn exciting to watch. For whatever reason, we each have guys we just...LIKE. The NFL draft is much the same; over the months of preparation, we find ourselves gravitating toward certain players. Sometimes it's due to something we read. Sometimes it's from watching them perform at the combine. Sometimes it's due to their college stats, or sometimes it's just because they have a cool name. Whatever the reason, I'm just like all of you: I have my own "man crushes", or "bromances", or whatever you want to call it. Here are some guys I find myself liking a lot for whatever reason:QB
Christian Ponder, Florida State - For some reason, I keep comparing Ponder to Matt Ryan. He looks relatively similar. He doesn't have a monster arm, but he has enough of one to make all the throws. He's smart. He's accurate. He's just an overall solid quarterback prospect. If Ponder hadn't been injured almost all year in 2010, could he have been a top ten pick? There's absolutely no way of knowing, but I love this kid for whatever reason.
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada - I like guys with absolute cannon arms, but honestly a lot of why I like Kaepernick is because he did an hour-long chat on Big Cat Country. Maybe that's a stupid reason, but it made me like him more. I hope he turns out to be good...unless he ends up in Tennessee.
Edmond Gates, Abilene Christian - I like small school guys, and Gates is probably the best one this year. Also, my friend went to Abilene Christian, so I have a small semblance of a connection with the school.
Leonard Hankerson, Miami - When I picture what an NFL wide receiver should look like, I keep coming back to Hankerson. I also like that he seems to take pride in his work, as shown by him arguing with draftcountdown.com's Shane Hallam regarding how many drops he had at a Senior Bowl practice.
Niles Paul, Nebraska - In the Senior Bowl he was a beast on special teams. I usually like those kind of players.
Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin - Carimi seems like the kind of prospect that just turns out to be good. People say he's not athletic enough, not quick enough, etc., but I think he'll turn out to be good. I like guys that are supposedly not "great" at anything.
Danny Watkins, Baylor - Cool story. He's an older rookie (27) because he didn't start playing football until 2007, when he went to community college to become a firefighter.
Stephen Paea, Oregon State - I like guys that are super-strong without being giant tubs of lard (Gilbert Brown, Grady Jackson are tubs of lard). Paea is a ripped, super-strong guy that plays bigger than he is. I also like guys from the Australia area, and Paea was born in New Zealand and grew up in Tonga.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple - I like Wilkerson because our DT Terrance Knighton was his teammate in college (for one year, but still), and I think Knighton's success helped Wilkerson become more nationally recognized. That's cool. I also like pass-rushing DT.
Christian Anthony, Grambling State - Awesome story; look it up online if you don't already know it. I hope this kid turns into a star.
Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson - I'm a Clemson fan. Da'Quan Bowers is a sick name. He got lots of sacks last year. That's about all I've got.
Sam Acho, Texas - Seems like he's overlooked due to his size and lack of elite speed (4.68 isn't anything special for a 260 pounder). I have a feeling he's going to be a good football player anyway.
Cameron Jordan, California - Tore up the Senior Bowl, and he was Tyson Alualu's college teammate, so that's cool too. Reuniting him with Tyson would be awesome.
Aldon Smith, Missouri - I honestly have no idea. He seems like he plays faster than he times, and in his film he seems to be all over the field.
Kelvin Sheppard, LSU - I really don't know. His profile makes him sound like a leader, but honestly Kelvin Sheppard is just a cool linebacker name. I also like guys with top-notch intangibles, especially at middle linebacker.
Von Miller, Texas A&M - Super fun to watch, and he seems like a genuinely good guy. Works for me.
Mark Herzlich, Boston College - Another cool story. Glad he beat cancer, and hope he can succeed in the NFL as well.
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska - Awesome name, and I like bigger corners who have the ability to run with receivers. Reminds me of Asomugha for some reason. He's just cool.
Davon House, New Mexico State - I'm an Oakland A's fan, and Davon's brother Rashun is a prospect for the A's. That's all I've got.
Quinton Carter, Oklahoma - Another one of those guys that isn't a super-talented player, but is solid and possesses top-notch intangibles. Love this kind of guy.
DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson - Again, I'm a Clemson fan. It was fun watching McDaniel clock people and pick off passes. Also, DeAndre McDaniel is a cool name.
Robert Sands, West Virginia - I like monster safeties for absolutely no reason.
Mark LeGree, Appalachian State - Small-school guy that seems like a better football player than athlete. Sign me up.
So that's my list for now. Who are some guys you like for whatever reason?