NFL Draft prospects and possible early round draft targets for the Washington Redskins reveal talents and upside 140 characters at a time.
The player the Redskins take with their first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft will only be able to entertain fans on the field for roughly 16 days a year, plus a few preseason games and hopefully plus a few playoff games. However, that same rookie will be on Twitter every day of the year, giving him ample opportunity to entertain folks 140 characters at a time.
So how are some of the team’s likely targets on the social media platform? We’ve already dissected their tendencies on the field plenty, but what are their tendencies on a timeline? Here’s an evaluation of a handful of prospects...
Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) - Ohio State Wide Receiver
Thomas has a superb handle and a go-to hashtag: #shhh. Wizards rookie Kelly Oubre Jr. uses that hashtag, too, and he said it was to let people know he’s quietly working and quietly getting better. It looks like it plays the same role for Thomas as well. If picked up by Washington, his followers would get pretty used to seeing it, along with tweets about food that are deeper than an Ed Sheehan ballad:
Reggie Ragland (@reggieragland) - Alabama Linebacker
Ragland’s name on Twitter is ReggieRagland(bama), which is considerate and shows that he doesn’t want you to think it’s ReggieRagland(northdakota) or ReggieRagland(californiainstituteoftechnology) instead. Most of his posts revolve around the motivation he gets from being doubted, so if he ends up coming to D.C., please don’t doubt him:
A'Shawn Robinson (@AShawnRobinson) - Alabama Defensive Lineman
The big, bearded ‘Bama defender is severely underflowed (just 782 at the time of this post), which is a number that’ll surely jump upon hearing his name called. Most of his activity revolves around retweeting Vines of people getting embarrassed on various basketball courts, but he did just cross off a major “I want to be an adult" checklist item recently (hope it wasn’t a Prius):
Andrew Billings (@BillingsAndrew) - Baylor Defensive Lineman
Billings is another guy who doesn’t have a huge following yet. He just recently returned from a lengthy Twitter hiatus, though, so maybe that’s why (he was inactive from October to late January). Since then, he’s mainly posted about his Combine and experience preparing for the Draft, but also put up this photo of a meal that looks better suited for a middle schooler than a 310-pounder who’s ready to join the NFL (maybe Kirk Cousins will bring him to Shake Shack for a more appropriately sized meal if the Burgundy and Gold deem him worthy of their pick):
Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) - Ole Miss Wide Receiver
Treadwell may not fall to the No. 21 slot, but a less-than-stellar 40-yard dash made it a little more plausible. If he does make it there and Scot McCloughan wants him to join an already potent receiving corps, ‘Skins fans will be getting a guy who keeps it short and sweet on Twitter. A majority of his messages check in at the 1-5 word range, and some rely on just a single emoji. While it wouldn’t come close to the level of mania that involved Robert Griffin III’s vague tweets, it would be fun to go all National Treasure on Treadwell and try and decipher what some of them of mean.
Except for one problem: It appears Treadwell deleted his tweets. Like almost all 29,100 of them right before we posted this article. The nerve. Then again, perhaps this move shows an understanding of the attention about to come his way way. Delete that social media footprint. That's positive, perhaps, though not so much fun for the rest of us. In this case, all we can do is try following the message from one of Treadwell's two tweets that survived the purge.
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