Sporting events are always a big draw for people to jump on Twitter. To that end, football fans in America start getting excited for their season way before the first kick-off. They start getting excited months before when the NFL does it’s yearly draft.
We tried to predict the order that players would get drafted in based on the chatter around top seeded college players. As it turns out, online popularity doesn’t always make you the best athlete. In this year’s official draft the player that went first was Jadeveon Clowney, however, we had him ranked to go second. Our number pick based on online buzz actually got drafted 22nd.
However, this was still one of our most popular posts of 2014, so feel free to check out our picks based on buzz below and compare them to the actual draft order.
This post was first published on May 8, 2014:
It’s draft day in the NFL.
For many football fans, this is one of the most exciting days of the year. Today we find out which of the top college football players get to see their dreams come true as they get selected to play for NFL teams.
Analysts have been speculating over which players will go to which teams in which round of the draft for weeks. Maybe even months. But analysts aren’t the only ones who think they know what they’re talking about. There’s a lot of football fans out there and a lot of them think they know better than the analysts.
Today, before the draft kicks off (get it?), we want to put those fans’ voices to the test.
We took the top 10 ranked players on CBS Sports’ NFL Draft Prospects list and ran their names and Twitter handles through our MAP software to see how many times they were mentioned and their sentiment in the past month along side the word “draft.” The results of new ranking are in the infographic below.
Is the order different than the analyst rankings? Very.
Do you think the fans can know more collectively than the official rankings? Let us know in the comments before the actual draft takes place.