FARGO – Carson Wentz spent part of the last 24 hours changing his Twitter account characteristics.
He announced he landed a new job (quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles) and threw out messages of encouragement to former teammates looking to get a job in the large company he now works for.
Social media, it seems everyone says, is where you need to be.
While Cal’s Jared Goff was chosen first overall Thursday night in the NFL Draft, if Twitter popularity determined the order, the former North Dakota State QB was the clear-cut favorite.
For now, Wentz is jamming Twitter. It all began with his first tweet back in 2012:
Jammed parking lots are the worst #crabby
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) July 12, 2012
Wentz will probably be the source of a few jammed parking lots around Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in the coming years.
Wentz’s following on Twitter grew with his tweets about friends, his faith and of course, his football.
Late night cherry berry w/ @JedreCyr !
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) August 13, 2012
So many blessings and opportunities in my life #ThankyouGod
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) August 18, 2012
During NDSU’s 2015 regular season, Wentz had about 4,500 followers. Following the national championship victory in Frisco, Texas, in early January, Wentz soared to 6,350 followers. By the end of the month, Wentz had 7,527 people following his account.
By late February, I began tracking the other top QB prospects in Goff, Connor Cook (Michigan State) and Paxton Lynch (Memphis). In the end, Wentz, the FCS quarterback from North Dakota State, would outpace these quarterbacks right up to the draft.
The last numbers were observed at 5:30 p.m., just hours before the back-to-back selections of Goff and Wentz.
Key dates on the chart:
- March 24: NDSU Pro Day (Wentz up 1,484 followers that day)
- April 13: Wentz Twitter verified
- April 14: Los Angeles trades up to No. 1 pick (Wentz up 548)
- April 20: Eagles trade up to No. 2 pick (Wentz up 3,674)
- April 23: Nike signs Wentz
- April 28: NFL Draft begins
Here’s what’s interesting. Wentz consistently outgained the other quarterbacks in followers except in four – FOUR – tracking periods (some weekends or days were combined). Those are marked by asterisks and denote the individual period gains vs. Wentz.
One hour after being drafted, Wentz had 50,712 followers, or 12,332 more followers than he had just three hours prior. Around 3 p.m. Friday, he had more than 71,000 followers.