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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Guide to remembering NFL draft prospects

By Patrick Dorsey

Stephon Gilmore, Dont'a Hightower, Riley Reiff
Who are these 2012 NFL Draft prospects? You'll know after using our memorization guide!
You know Andrew Luck. You know Robert Griffin III. You probably know a few other players. But unless you're a devoted college football fan and/or a draftnik, you likely haven't memorized all the important names from Thursday's NFL draft.

That's where Playbook Visuals comes in. You see, memory experts say the best way to memorize names and/or words is to tie them to an image. Example:

For Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon:

Spike Lee
...Spike Lee, a.k.a. Mars Blackmon.


So that's what we're doing, with several more highly ranked players in 2012. Happy remembering...

Alabama S Mark Barron:

Snoopy
Snoopy's aerial nemesis, the Red Baron.
LSU CB Morris Claiborne:

Morris the Cat
Morris the Cat.
Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox:

Ferb
Oh, get your heads out of the gutter. We're going with Ferb Fletcher.
Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw:

Friends
Speaking of people named Cox, how about Courtney?
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd:

Pink Floyd
Another Floyd: Pink.
South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore:

Gilmore Girls
"Gilmore Girls." Sorry, Stephon.
Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower:

Bubba Smith
The late Bubba Smith, a.k.a. Moses Hightower.
South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram:

Melvins
Rock/metal band The Melvins.
Syracuse DE Chandler Jones:

Friends
It's Chandler Bing! Wait, where have we seen this picture before?
USC OT Matt Kalil:

Khalil Kain
Actor Khalil Kain, left, from "Girlfriends."
Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick:

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre. You were expecting someone else?
Boise State LB Shea McClellin:

George McClellan
Union General George McClellan
Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus:

Larry The Cable Guy
Larry the Cable Guy, born Dan Whitney.
USC DE Nick Perry:

Friends
Matthew Perry? OK, now this is getting ridiculous.
Iowa OT Riley Reiff:

Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef.
Alabama RB Trent Richardson

Council of Trent
The Council of Trent.
Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill:

Nolan Ryan, Robin Ventura
At Playbook, we just can't get enough of this Nolan Ryan photo.