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In this draft class, everyone is following Johnny Football
Published April 28, 2014, Page 12
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|Consensus No. 1: Johnny Manziel tops the rest of the 2014 NFL draft class in both Twitter and Instagram followers.
The former Texas A&M quarterback blows away the field of fellow draft prospects in terms of social media. As of last week, “Johnny Football” had more than 1.5 million followers on his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts — well clear of the No. 2 player in the ranking, AJ McCarron.
The former Alabama quarterback had more than 276,000 followers, while another former SEC player, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, ranked third, with more than 155,000 followers.
The ranking compares players listed as top prospects for this year’s draft (May 8-10) by NFL.com or CBSSports.com.
Khalil Mack (center) sits far behind Jadeveon Clowney, AJ McCarron.
Several players not expected to be selected high in the draft have sizable social media followings in their own right. Chief among them is Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL prospect. The former Missouri defensive end famously joined Twitter right before his February announcement and has collected more than 95,000 followers on that platform since then.
Other players of note with large followings based on their collegiate success but not expected to be selected in the draft’s early rounds are Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
|NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS RANKED BY SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING|
|Number of Followers|
|1||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||QB||785,288||730,376||1,515,664|
|3||Jadeveon Clowney||South Carolina||DE||89,278||65,772||155,050|
|6||Carlos Hyde||Ohio State||RB||64,961||40,464||105,425|
|7||Mike Evans||Texas A&M||WR||31,977||66,530||98,507|
|8||Odell Beckham Jr.||LSU||WR||28,613||67,214||95,827|
|9||Bradley Roby||Ohio State||CB||52,346||29,466||81,812|
|10||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Alabama||S||55,642||18,033||73,675|
|13||Kelvin Benjamin||Florida State||WR||17,277||32,142||49,419|
|14||Louis Nix||Notre Dame||DT||33,463||11,838||45,301|
|16||Donte Moncrief||Ole Miss||WR||22,949||13,486||36,435|
|17||Blake Bortles||Central Florida||QB||16,882||15,537||32,419|
|18||Stephon Tuitt||Notre Dame||DE||20,719||8,382||29,101|
|19||Justin Gilbert||Oklahoma State||CB||10,894||17,122||28,016|
|20||Darqueze Dennard||Michigan State||CB||15,416||8,999||24,415|
|22||Allen Robinson||Penn State||WR||16,158||4,286||20,444|
|25||Eric Ebron||North Carolina||TE||9,726||8,076||17,802|
|26||Timmy Jernigan||Florida State||DT||17,536||—||17,536|
|27||Ryan Shazier||Ohio State||LB||7,842||8,926||16,768|
|28||Brandin Cooks||Oregon State||WR||8,528||7,983||16,511|
|33||Kyle Van Noy||BYU||LB||12,728||—||12,728|
|34||Derek Carr||Fresno State||QB||7,322||3,909||11,231|
|38||Zach Martin||Notre Dame||OT||6,421||1,852||8,273|
|39||Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois||QB||5,089||2,254||7,343|
|40||Kyle Fuller||Virginia Tech||CB||4,989||1,881||6,870|
|44||Davante Adams||Fresno State||WR||1,251||4,716||5,967|
|49||Deone Bucannon||Washington State||S||2,027||2,083||4,110|
Note: Numbers as of April 22
Source: Players' official Twitter and Instagram pages, where verified pages were available.