They're being mocked and it's putting on a smile on the faces of football fans all over Utah.
I'm referring to BYU's Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and Utah's Star Lotulelei, two of the biggest, baddest defensive linemen in the country.
Ziggy and Star -- their names sound great separately, awesome together -- will hear their names called Thursday when the 2013 NFL draft kicks off at 6 p.m. from New York.
The fact we could see two players from our state taken in the first dozen or so picks is likely to have a lasting impact on the programs at BYU and Utah as well as Utah State and even at Weber State.
If these two guys succeed as expected, it'll create a positive ripple effect, namely in perception, name recognition and improved recruiting.
Don't believe me? Google their names, sit back and watch the result come flooding in, each referenced in thousands of stories around the Internet.
And each has an interesting story to tell.
Even the most casual of sports fans here in Utah know a little something about Ziggy and Star, if only because of their unique names and the fact one is a Cougar and the other is a Ute.
That alone gets them a following around here. But they're wildly popular nationally as well, especially since each man has been touted heavily in those silly mock drafts churned out daily by NFL "insiders" and "draft experts."
In that regard, they're being "mocked" in a good way, they're being hailed as budding stars in the oh-so-popular NFL. Some of those experts, whose job it is to evaluate such things, believe they might even be "game changers."
But, really, what makes Ziggy and Star so interesting isn't their size, athletic ability or even their potential. Instead, it's their background that makes them so compelling.
Compelling here in Utah and compelling across the country, where fans wounder if a Star or a Ziggy might be on the roster when the season starts up in the fall.
Ansah, 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds of freakish athleticism, came to Provo to play basketball after being baptized into the LDS Church in his native Ghana.
He tried out for the BYU basketball team a couple of times and didn't quite make it. But as the story goes, he eventually was introduced to football, a sport so foreign to him he didn't even know how to put on shoulder pads.
Of course the pass-rushing defensive end took to the game and his natural athletic gifts made it impossible to keep him off the field.
As yet he still is a relative gridiron neophyte, unversed in football history or its subtleties. But in some ways that only makes him more appealing to teams who love the idea of a blank canvas framed in raw athleticism.
It'll be interesting to see how soon he's taken Thursday.
And then there's Lotulelei, 23, a husband and father or two who first made a name for himself as a defensive tackle at Bingham High School.
Uninterested in the spotlight or any sort of notoriety, he actually stopped playing after high school for a year and took a job delivering furniture.
He found his way to Snow College and then to Utah, where he became a first-team All-American.
Late last year, Lotulelei, 6-foot-3 and over 300 pounds, was being talked about as a possible No. 1 overall pick, but a physical during February's scouting combine revealed a heart issue.
That caused his draft stock to drop considerably and now, even though he has passed extensive follow-up tests and been fully cleared, he won't go nearly as high as once expected.
It'll be just as interesting to see when and where he goes.
Where Ziggy's best asset is his off-the-charts potential, Star's is simply his size, skill and consistency.
Essentially, one might just be a once-in-a-generation dynamo; the other is the kind of player who quietly dominates his position for years to come.
And the best part is, they're forever tied to the State of Utah ... they're "our" guys, whether you're red or blue or somewhere else on the color wheel.
Today, Ziggy and Star are being mocked and the mockery will go on for a while longer.
That's OK because in this case, to mock is to love.