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It's happens so often that the defender is considering adding his middle initial to distinguish himself.
A better option might be making his name on the football field. He could get a chance with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars selected Marshall in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. After sitting out the fourth round, Jacksonville got back in the draft and landed Marshall with the 142nd overall pick.
That's Brandon M. Marshall.
"Man, I get the comparison all the time, almost every day, people on Facebook, people on Twitter," he said. "Just the other day, somebody tweeted me, `Who would you like the Bears to pick with 19th pick? I tweeted back, I said, `Brandon Marshall, linebacker from Nevada.' Then he was like, `It would be kind of crazy to have two people with the same name on the same team.'
"You just look at my picture on my profile. It's in Nevada. ... Sometimes I get people that tell me, `Oh, he's not the real Brandon Marshall.' I'm like, `What you mean the real Brandon Marshall? Am I fake or something?'"
Marshall had 259 tackles, seven fumble returns and three interceptions in 52 career games at Nevada. He had two arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee, but didn't miss any time because of them.
He seemingly has a good shot at making the team, especially if he excels on special teams. Although the Jaguars have five solid linebackers -- Paul Posluszny, Daryl Smith, Clint Session, Russell Allen and Kyle Bosworth -- they usually keep six. And Marshall is the sixth right now. Jacksonville cut linebackers Jammie Kirlew, Stephen Franklin and JoJo Dickson earlier in the week.
"Yeah, that's an attractive opportunity," linebackers coach Mark Duffner said. "Right now, he is No. 6."
Jacksonville added another player to impact special teams in the sixth round by drafting Florida State cornerback Mike Harris. The Jaguars chose Harris with the 176th overall pick, giving the team a potential backup and a talented special teams player.
Harris, who transferred to FSU from El Camino Community College in California in 2011, had 102 tackles and five interceptions in two seasons with the Seminoles. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Miami native was Florida State's second-leading tackler last season.
The Jaguars expect Harris to compete for playing time on special teams, and coach Mike Mularkey also said he could be used as a wildcat quarterback. Harris played quarterback for two years at South Miami High School.
"If we wanted to experiment with him a little bit, we have that ability to do that as well," Mularkey said. "We're always looking for that. It puts a threat into defenses that they have to be concerned about. It's one thing if you can get them working on something. ... It is a threat if you have them."
Jacksonville's final pick of the draft was used on one of the oldest players in the draft.
The Jaguars drafted 28-year-old defensive tackle Jeris Pendleton in the seventh round, giving them depth at an unsettled position. Starters Tyson Alualu (knee) and Terrance Knighton (eye) are coming off surgery.
Pendleton is a 328-pound run-stopper who grew up on the south side of Chicago. He wanted to attend Michigan State, but his grades slipped, he had a child with his girlfriend and ended up working a few years before making it to college. He enrolled at Joliet Community College in Illinois and later transferred to Ashland University in Ohio.
The Jaguars have been tracking him for a year.
"Just that perseverance and determination to overcome. It's a tremendous story," general manager Gene Smith said. "He's got a skill set to play in this league, so we had a chance to help our defensive line depth and we feel very good about him."
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