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2017 NFL draft 1st-round results: One fun fact about all 32 picks

Get to know the NFL’s newest stars!

1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M DE, Browns

The man who nearly chose Ohio State because of its dinosaur studies demands a whole other list of fun facts.

2. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina QB, Bears

He was known as Mitch in college, but we can resolve any confusion by just using his nickname, “Mr. Biscuit,” which he got after someone mumbled their way through his name.

3. Solomon Thomas, Stanford DE, 49ers

He grew up in Australia, learned football in Texas, and owes his footwork to Irish step dancing.

4. Leonard Fournette, LSU RB, Jaguars

When he was a five-star recruit, his family came up with a group slogan that’s since become a thing in New Orleans and Louisiana football:

"Being United Generates Attitude'' (for Real) was the brainstorm of the parents of the nation's No. 1 prospect, Lory and Leonard Fournette Jr., according to the younger Fournette.

Fournette's mother, Lory, actually was awarded a trademark on the term "BUGA Nation'' on mid-December about two weeks following her initial Nov. 30 filing.

"It's something that everybody in my family put together,'' Fournette said last week. "It was pretty much everybody (involved). I was kind of a leader in it, but everybody helped out.''

What began as BUGA SUGA, with the latter word meaning "real, not fake,'' according to the younger Fournette, eventually evolved into BUGA Nation.

5. Corey Davis, Western Michigan WR, Titans

I'm sorry, but when TMZ rushes in, sweating, and delivers a headline like "NFL PROSPECT COREY DAVIS SISTER WANTS ASS IMPLANTS ... With Draft Money!" that's what you have to go with. I'm sorry.

6. Jamal Adams, LSU S, Jets

At least twice, he egregiously flopped his way into drawing flags on opponents.

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7. Mike Williams, Clemson WR, Chargers

Maybe not fun, exactly, but he overcame a broken neck and says it made him better at sports.

8. Christian McCaffrey, Stanford RB, Panthers

All-purpose on the field and off. He can play the piano and harmonica, and who knows what else?

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9. John Ross, Washington WR, Bengals

Fastest football player ever is pretty interesting, but there’s more to him than that.

10. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech QB, Chiefs

Yeah, his dad was the MLB pitcher.

11. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State CB, Saints

His position coach, Kerry Coombs, says Lattimore allowed all of seven catches in 2016: "It's almost incomprehensible to play 13 games and allow seven catches on your guy in man-to-man coverage.”

12. Deshaun Watson, Clemson QB, Texans

Given a boyhood home by Warrick Dunn, he now pays it forward.

13. Haason Reddick, Temple LB, Cardinals

A former walk-on, mid-major defensive back is now an NFL first-round linebacker.

14. Derek Barnett, Tennessee DE, Eagles

He was Tennessee's first draft pick since 2014. Oh, you want something about Barnett himself? He's terrifying.

15. Malik Hooker, Ohio State S, Colts

Holds Ohio State’s career record for pick sixes, racking up all three in 2016.

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16. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama CB, Ravens

He comes from a ludicrously athletic family. His dad, Bobby, was an All-American RB at Bama, three of his siblings have been DI athletes, and another brother is a 2018 recruit who got Power 5 attention as a middle schooler.

17. Jonathan Allen, Alabama DT, Washington

Earned Heisman buzz while ranking 10th on the Tide in touchdowns as a defensive tackle.

18. Adoree' Jackson, USC CB, Titans

Fall in love with this dude either via his recruiting announcement, this postgame moment with his mom, or this show of humility after getting dusted by John Ross. Wait, wait, there was also this: when he had a Rose Bowl highlight ruined by somebody else's flag:

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19. O.J. Howard, Alabama TE, Buccaneers

By now, you know about how one of the highest-rated TE recruits ever somehow only had two 100-yard games in college, both in national championships. Let him tell you about ending up at a 300-person high school.

20. Garett Bolles, Utah OL, Broncos

His backstory is amazing, and he brought his baby son on stage while giving a mighty speech.

21. Jarrad Davis, Florida LB, Lions

You've heard of Gator Blocking Gator? Meet Gator Tackling Gator (which was actually a smart play).

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22. Charles Harris, Missouri DE, Dolphins

Mizzou's produced far more stud defensive linemen than anybody would've expected, and now one of #DLineZou's best is in the same city as the position coach (Craig Kuligowski, now with the Canes) who helped produce that reputation.

23. Evan Engram, Ole Miss TE, Giants

The Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end, decided during the middle of last season that Engram doesn't play the position, apparently. He is kind of a WR tweener, but still should've won.

24. Gareon Conley, Ohio State CB, Raiders

Not much fun to discuss at this point in time, as we wait for the resolution to a serious accusation.

25. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan S, Browns

You might've heard he played 11 different positions in college.

26. Takkarist McKinley, UCLA LB, Falcons

After being picked, he launched into an emotional, profane speech about his beloved grandmother, with Deion Sanders' mic caught in the crossfire. I didn't know what to make of the pick on football merits, but I'm happy Takk plays for my NFL team now.

27. Tre'Davious White, LSU CB, Bills

Look at this nonsense:

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Thank you.

28. Taco Charlton, Michigan DE, Cowboys

His nickname is the greatest biographic fact of this draft.

29. David Njoku, Miami TE, Browns

He weighed 246 pounds at the combine ... and was a national high jump champ in high school.

30. T.J. Watt, Wisconsin, Steelers

You might know of his brother, but do you know of his other brother?

31. Reuben Foster, Alabama LB, 49ers

He has a tattoo of archrival Auburn's logo, and there's a long story.

32. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin OT, Saints

He soared from Division III to the first round, via two different scholarship offers from Paul Chryst.