NFL Draft and Social Media

We are only a few days away from one of the best days of the year for football fans all over. The 2017 NFL Draft is soon underway and it will end with a big pay out for many former college football players. Social Media could harm these future NFL stars if they are not careful.. As seen last year with NFL prospect Laremy Tunsil, when he says his social media accounts were hacked minutes before the draft began. The hacking of his accounts cost Tunsil thousands, maybe even millions of dollars, and it made him go from a top-5 pick to the 13th overall draft pick to the Miami Dolphins.

CNET reported, “In the real-time, millisecond-by-millisecond world of social media, the video went viral. And teams interested in Tunsil, a projected top-five pick, appeared to drop out. Tunsil, ranked best at his position by, sat stunned, on the verge of tears.”

Because of this one instance, many NFL prospects are choosing to stay off of social media until the draft is over. The choice to stay off of social media has fans and reporters wonder what the prospects are up to since they cannot keep up with them on social media sites like they can for other players.

If football players thought they were under the radar years ago before social media was a thing, players are even more under the radar now. Their profiles are critiqued by what they do and don’t post, number of followers, and even what they favorite. Athletes have to watch their every move if they want to be successful and compete at the highest level. Not only are their profiles watched by NFL organizations and reporters, but they are also role models for small children and teenagers who dream of being in their spot one day and that is a lot of pressure to put on an athlete.

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UNT Eagle Strategies

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