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Twitter on Fire: Taking the Fans’ Pulse Before the NFL Draft

As an educator, one of my favorite pastimes is reading different perspectives throughout history, and as a football fanatic the NFL Draft consumes my offseasons. Twitter allows me to combine both indulgences.

For 32 years, I have studied the prospects and watched the draft unfold on TV. I always mocked the entire first round and kept track of how many land in my projected spot.

[Related: Check out the results of last week’s Full 60 NFL Mock Draft and podcast here.]

In preparation for this year’s draft, I wrote 11 burning questions and polled Twitter fans for different viewpoints. It is not a scientific poll, but the results provide a small window into the collective hive of draftniks. I recorded the results to share with all of the readers on Enjoy!

1. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome has not been successful drafting wide receivers. He has hired you as an outside consultant to grade the receiver prospects in the draft. Who would you recommend taking with the first pick?


21% Calvin Ridley, Alabama

16% Courtland Sutton, SMU

38% D.J. Moore, Maryland

25% Draft another position

Total Votes: 160

2. It is NFL Draft week and less than five days away until kickoff. You are the GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What would you do with the seventh pick in the NFL Draft?


31% Trade down for more picks

16% CB Denzel Ward, OSU

35% OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

18% RB Derrius Guice, LSU

Total Votes: 51

3. You are a scout in Jacksonville and have spent months analyzing the O-line prospects. Who would you recommend Tom Coughlin acquire with the 29th selection in the first round?


50% Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

35% Will Hernandez, UTEP

10% James Daniels, Iowa

5% Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

Total Votes: 40

4. The Chicago Bears have spent millions upgrading their offense in free agency. It is time to invest on the other side of the ball in the draft. If you were the GM, who would you select?


19% CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

15% S Derwin James, FSU

23% LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech

43% LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

Total Votes: 62

5. The Green Bay Packers have two clear needs in the NFL Draft: offensive line and secondary. In a perfect world, who would you select with the 14th pick?


19% S Derwin James, FSU

32% CB Denzel Ward, OSU

32% CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, AL

17% OT McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Total Votes: 77

6. You are the GM and work for Jerry Jones in Dallas. Who would you recommend drafting with the 19th selection in the first round?


37% D.J. Moore, Maryland

19% Calvin Ridley, Alabama

37% Courtland Sutton, SMU

7% Other and identify below

Total Votes: 290

7. You are in a scouting department of a NFL personnel office, and your GM wants a report on the top-ranked satellite backs in the 2018 NFL Draft. Who do you recommend the organization target?


19% Akrum Wadley, Iowa

21% Ito Smith, Southern Mississippi

16% Chase Edmonds, Fordham

44% Nyheim Hines, North Carolina State

Total Votes: 57

8. QB Lamar Jackson, one of the more exciting quarterback prospects in decades, will surely be drafted among the top 15 selections. Identity the NFL team likely to invest in the Heisman winner on Thursday?


18% Buffalo Bills

48% Arizona Cardinals

8% Denver Broncos

26% New England Patriots

Total Votes: 208

9. The wide receiver class does not provide an elite game breaker, e.g. Randy Moss, Julio Jones or A.J. Green. Nevertheless, there is a lot of depth among the prospects. Many players project as slot receivers. Who is the receiver you are most interested in drafting to line up in the slot?


7% Richie James, MTSU

21% DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State

18% Keke Coutee, Texas Tech

54% Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

Total Votes: 98

10. New Orleans had the best draft of any team last year: M. Lattimore, R. Ramczyk, M. Williams and A. Kamara. The Saints do not have a second-round pick this year and clearly have a need at tight end. Who would you select with the 27th pick in the draft?


41% Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State

21% Mike Gesicki, Penn State (Fantrax 2018 Draft Profile)

11% Hayden Hurst, South Carolina (Fantrax 2018 Draft Profile)

27% Best player available

Total Votes: 56

11. The Denver Broncos have many holes to fill on the roster, and GM John Elway wants an outside source for another perspective. What advice would you give to the Broncos hall of famer with the fifth pick?


34% Trade down for more picks

11% Trade up into the top 3

25% Draft OG Q. Nelson

30% Draft RB S. Barkley

Total Votes: 65

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