NFL Draft Twitter List
Following the NFL offseason can be tough. That is primarily for two reasons: 1. It’s drawn out for months. 2. Some of the specific details of different moves, contracts and tags can be tough to understand.
The high point of the offseason is undoubtedly the NFL draft. Soon we will have free agency when players move from team to team. That is an exciting time, but generally the best players don’t come available and those who are very talented are often overpaid.
In the draft, you get all the stars before they are stars. Everyone has to enter the league as a draft pick or an undrafted free agent so now is a great time to learn about prospects who will eventually evolve into stars.
Following the top of the draft is generally easy. Naming five of the top prospects is something everyone reading this could probably do with ease. However, even dropping as far as the bottom of the first round can be tough.
In previous years it was all too much for me to handle. The amount of information and the number of prospects made it impossible to follow. Since then twitter has made it easier.
There is a large number of excellent draft minds on the internet. More than I can list. The problem sometimes can be finding them. Not only finding those who are informed but also those who are willing to buck conventional wisdom. Following the crowd at this stage of the year is very common.
(See: Richardson, Trent)
Major media outlets won’t give you real draft analysis. They will likely focus on things that really don’t matter or things that are too subjective to actually be quantified or broken down in detail. Major media outlets will talk about Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney for days without talking about what they actually do on the field.
The solution to this problem can’t be found on television or on the radio, it’s found on twitter.
Here are a number of draft accounts to follow:
FWIW, same people who said I was crazy for mocking Eric Fisher No. 1 last year at this time are saying the same w/ my Bortles to HOU pick…
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 13, 2014
Dane Brugler of CBS – Dane was ahead of everyone last season when he claimed that Eric Fisher would be the number one draft pick. He was derided for that, but it proved to be true and this season he was the first I remember to point out that Bortles was in consideration to go first overall.
Writing up Ra’Shede Hageman and Timmy Jernigan tonight. Two players that flash tremendous natural ability; but “flash” really the key word.
— Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) March 5, 2014
Ryan Lownes of Bleacher Report – A no-nonsense analyst who works as hard as anyone and who keeps his attitude towards players even-keel. Ryan produces regular scouting reports on individual players that are of great value when you’re trying to familiarise yourself with specific players.
If you’ve got some extra dopamine lying around go ahead and send some my way plskthx
— RGTree (@BeauxJaxson) March 6, 2014
Eric Stoner of DraftMecca – As brilliant a draft mind as you’ll find…it’s a mind that focuses on the draft probably seven percent* of the time though…
Morgan Moses has the best tape grade of the OT’s I’ve watched this year.
— Ryan Riddle (@Ryan_Riddle) March 1, 2014
Ryan Riddle of Bleacher Report – Like a few of the people who will be listed here, you will likely not hear much from Ryan for a while because he is diligently working behind the scenes. It’s worth picking him up now though because you won’t want to miss the spreadsheets and articles he comes out with later.
Whaley, Ellis, Hart are mid-late rd guys who will have specific roles in NFL, but very high ceilings. We’ll see.
— Hank Jones (@HankJoness) March 5, 2014
Hank Jones of Big Cat Country – Hank is a lesser known name compared to those already listed, but he works hard and generally shares unfiltered opinions on prospects.
During his interview with @wfnz, Dave Gettleman suggested CAR will look at adding a younger TE while discussing Ben Hartsock. Blocking role.
— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 31, 2014
Josh Norris of Rotoworld – Specialist on blocking tight ends.
I really think Moncrief is either the 4th or 5th WR taken in the Draft
— Jinx (@JinxFootball) March 6, 2014
Jinx Football of Twitter – Football isn’t his real last name, but he’s Manziel like in that sense…that’s where the comparison ends though…
So much about today’s game is about exposing favorable matchups, especially at the college level where talent levels vary significantly.
— Josh Liskiewitz (@JoshLiskiewitz) March 6, 2014
Josh Liskiewitz of GM Junior – A contrarian. Reminds me of Skip Bayless really…
— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) March 6, 2014
Justis Mosqueda of DraftMecca – Like everyone on this list, Justis is able to talk about the draft in great detail…the trick is getting him to shut up.
The reason I ask about Vick and Manziel is JFF isn’t a day 1 starter, need a stop gap. Window closing on AP.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 6, 2014
Benjamin Allbright of Twitter – Something something….Brett Smith…something something…Barkley!….something something…I told you so….
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: Knockout http://t.co/Gt2dsRJ1dZ
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) March 6, 2014
Matt Waldman of Football Outsiders – I’m going to explain Waldman with this tweet from Josh Norris: “Can we have a national “Read Waldman’s work” holiday?” ….also from the Norris’ collection: “Craig Stevens <3”
I’d feel bad for the fans of that feam. RT @OptimumScouting: If Derek Carr goes before Johnny Manziel, how would the NFL draft world react?
— AdotP. (@ap575) March 6, 2014
Andrew Parsons of DraftMecca – He doesn’t watch football.
Just finished with Jeremiah Attaochu. Not getting enough attention in this class. Will be impact pass rusher early in career. #NFLDraft
— Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade) March 5, 2014
Bryan Perez of First Round Grade – I don’t know Bryan all that well, but from what I can gather he works as hard as anyone in draft twitter…or should that be #draftwitter.
In case you missed it, earlier today I wrote about Kyle Fuller: http://t.co/ZNCtf1IbtW
— Alen Dumonjić (@Dumonjic_Alen) March 7, 2014
Alen Dumonijic of the Score – For those that prefer more in-depth analysis opposed to numerous tweets, Alen is currently in the midst of breaking down prospects for this year’s draft class.
If you’re not building your team like the Milwaukee Mud Buzzards, then you ain’t building –> http://t.co/cH6eqLo4Wp
— Emory Hunt (@FBallGameplan) February 28, 2014
Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan – You won’t find funnier draft videos online.
New CBA in action: Mark Ingram was a first-round pick, and he’s cheaper than Pierre Thomas who signed an RBBC/backup-level contract
— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) March 6, 2014
Sigmund Bloom of Football Guys – Bloom jumps from NFL analyst to draft analyst as seamlessly as anyone.
I still think some people had to be watching Dom Easley last year when they talked about Sharrif Floyd. That much hype made no sense.
— Brendan Leister (@BrendanLeister) March 6, 2014
Brendan Leister of DraftBrowns – A Browns analyst who looks at the whole landscape of the incoming prospects.
Yes, I forgot loads of people who are now probably mad at me.