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After NFL draft, new Brown Manziel remains #theman

Johnny Manziel wins again.

The Cleveland Browns’ new quarterback added more Twitter followers between April 22 and May 13 than any of his fellow first-round draft picks this year. That period spans the two weeks leading up to the draft and the days immediately following the May 8 first-round selections.

Sammy Watkins takes a selfie with the commish to share with his followers. 
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Manziel also had ranked first among the players going into the draft, with more than 785,000 followers. His addition of more than 133,000 new followers since April 22 is three times the number of new followers for new Buffalo wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who ranks second on the list. But those 45,000 new followers for Watkins join a much smaller base: Watkins had 71,000 followers before the draft, less than one-tenth of Manziel’s count.

Other players making big gains:

Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was seemingly embraced by the passionate fan base of the Green Bay Packers, adding almost 43,000 new followers to the 56,000 he had before the draft.

New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater added more than 41,000 new followers, more than doubling his total count from 31,000 followers.

New Houston defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the draft’s No. 1 overall pick, added more than 36,000 new followers, giving him 126,000 total followers.

TWITTER TRACTION FOR NFL FIRST-ROUND PICKS

  No. of Twitter followers
Rank Player Pos. School Drafted by (pick number) April 22 May 13 Additions
1 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Cleveland (22) 785,288 918,891 133,603
2 Sammy Watkins WR CleFRPon Buffalo (4) 71,128 116,766 45,638
3 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Green Bay (21) 55,642 98,582 42,940
4 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Minnesota (32) 30,986 72,800 41,814
5 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Houston (1) 89,278 126,061 36,783
6 Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State Cleveland (8) 10,894 33,698 22,804
7 Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU New York Giants (12) 28,613 50,109 21,496
8 Khalil Mack LB Buffalo Oakland (5) 3,857 25,016 21,159
9 Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Jacksonville (3) 16,882 35,900 19,018
10 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Pittsburgh (15) 7,842 25,146 17,304
11 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Chicago (14) 4,989 21,380 16,391
12 Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State New Orleans (20) 8,528 24,220 15,692
13 Calvin Pryor S Louisville New York Jets (18) 8,470 23,378 14,908
14 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Atlanta (6) 3,848 18,068 14,220
15 Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Detroit (10) 9,726 23,463 13,737
16 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Tampa Bay (7) 31,977 45,604 13,627
17 Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois San Francisco (30) 328 13,597 13,269
18 Marcus Smith LB Louisville Philadelphia (26) 4,431 16,357 11,926
19 C.J. Mosley LB Alabama Baltimore (17) 59,984 70,981 10,997
20 Jason Verrett CB TCU San Diego (25) 4,732 15,419 10,687
21 Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State Carolina (28) 17,277 27,409 10,132
22 Greg Robinson OT Auburn St. Louis (2) 6,206 16,271 10,065
23 Anthony Barr LB UCLA Minnesota (9) 7,200 17,037 9,837
24 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State Denver (31) 52,346 61,541 9,195
25 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame Dallas (16) 6,421 15,341 8,920
26 Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee Miami (19) 13,792 21,068 7,276
27 Dee Ford DE Auburn Kansas City (23) 16,285 23,548 7,263
28 Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Cincinnati (24) 15,416 21,836 6,420
29 Deone Bucannon S Washington State Arizona (27) 2,027 7,140 5,113
30 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh St. Louis (13) 3,752 8,660 4,908
31 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Tennessee (11) 18,583 22,731 4,148
32 Dominique Easley DT Florida New England (29) 13,528 16,318 2,790

Compiled by: Ryan Baucom and David Wood  Source: Players' official Twitter pages



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