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New Browns QB Manziel Gained Most Followers Among NFL Draftees In Recent Weeks

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Despite waiting to hear his name called longer than many expected in Thursday night’s NFL Draft, Browns QB Johnny Manziel continued to outpace his fellow draftees in gaining social media followers. Drafted 22nd overall, Manziel has gained 100,487 followers on his official Twitter account dating back to April 22. Of the players drafted in the first round last night, Bills WR Sammy Watkins was second to Manziel, adding 32,091 followers. The 1st overall pick, Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney, has added nearly 25,000 Twitter followers in the same time period. Among the other draftees that added significant followers were Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (26,877), Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (22,847) and Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (15,009) (THE DAILY). ESPN's Keith Olbermann noted Draft prospect Michael Sam's 95,000 Twitter followers are "more than anybody in the 2014 draft besides the quarterbacks: Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron and Aaron Murray" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 5/8).

TWITTER FOLLOWER GAINS AMONG NFL FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS
PICK
PLAYER
APRIL 22
MAY 9
ADDITIONS
22
Browns QB Johnny Manziel
785,288
885,775
100,487
4
Bills WR Sammy Watkins
71,128
103,219
32,091
21
Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
55,642
82,519
26,877
1
Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney
89,278
114,235
24,957
32
Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater
30,986
53,833
22,847
3
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles
16,882
31,891
15,009
5
Raiders LB Khalil Mack
3,857
18,721
14,864
12
Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.
28,613
42,990
14,377
8
Browns CB Justin Gilbert
10,894
24,325
13,431
14
Bears CB Kyle Fuller
4,989
17,152
12,163
20
Saints WR Brandin Cooks
8,528
19,579
11,051
6
Falcons OT Jake Matthews
3,848
14,245
10,397
7
Buccaneers WR Mike Evans
31,977
41,794
9,817
18
Jets S Calvin Pryor
8,470
17,711
9,241
15
Steelers LB Ryan Shazier
7,842
16,699
8,857
10
Lions TE Eric Ebron
9,726
18,412
8,686
25
Chargers CB Jason Verrett
4,732
13,025
8,293
17
Ravens LB C.J. Mosley
59,984
66,617
6,633
24
Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard
15,416
21,836
6,420
31
Broncos CB Bradley Roby
52,346
58,727
6,381
2
Rams OT Greg Robinson
6,206
12,350
6,144
26
Eagles DE Marcus Smith
4,431
10,462
6,031
30
49ers S Jimmie Ward
328
6,192
5,864
28
Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin
17,277
22,967
5,690
9
Vikings LB Anthony Barr
7,200
12,760
5,560
16
Cowboys OT Zack Martin
6,421
11,262
4,841
27
Cardinals S Deone Bucannon
2,027
6,031
4,004
19
Dolphins OT Ja'Wuan James
13,792
17,378
3,586
13
Rams DT Aaron Donald
3,752
6,817
3,065
23
Chiefs DE Dee Ford
16,285
19,158
2,873
11
Titans OT Taylor Lewan
18,583
21,302
2,719
29
Patriots DT Dominique Easley
13,528
14,205
677

NOTES: * = Numbers compiled are a total combination of official Twitter accounts of each draftee as of April 22 compared to May 9. The draftees are listed with the teams that selected them and the chart does not reflect any post-selection trades.
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