Wentz Gets Drafted And This Happens On Twitter

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:

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.

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.

Date Wentz Goff Lynch Cook
2/25/2016 9,954 7,983 5,403 33,380
2/26/2016 10,223 8,009 5,451 33,765*
2/27/2016 11,084 8,314 5,625 33,946
2/29/2016 11,291 8,379 5,692 34,015
3/1/2016 11,566 8,517 5,714 34,038
3/2/2016 11,716 8,534 5,727 34,082
3/3/2016 11,758 8,566 5,731 34,095
3/4/2016 11,828 8,609 5,753 34,121
3/7/2016 11,935 8,620 5,771 34,273*
3/8/2016 12,210 8,634 5,776 34,302
3/9/2016 12,292 8,648 5,794 34,326
3/10/2016 12,332 8,651 5,800 34,342
3/15/2016 12,702 8,824 5,887 34,416
3/16/2016 12,762 8,843 5,909 34,458
3/17/2016 12,891 8,871 5,918 34,502
3/18/2016 12,994 8,920 5,922 34,515
3/21/2016 13,203 9,142* 5,943 34,576
3/22/2016 13,493 9,188 5,954 34,600
3/23/2016 13,869 9,223 5,971 34,614
3/25/2016 15,356 9,263 6,043 34,641
3/27/2016 15,737 9,306 6,053 34,671
3/29/2016 16,131 9,338 6,065 34,703
3/30/2016 16,255 9,356 6,074 34,712
3/31/2016 16,313 9,374 6,094 34,711
4/1/2016 16,413 9,390 6,110 34,734
4/4/2016 16,570 9,428 6,151 34,736
4/5/2016 16,634 9,484 6,164 34,750
4/6/2016 16,672 9,507 6,191 34,767
4/7/2016 16,745 9,535 6,476* 34,800
4/8/2016 16,840 9,550 6,529 34,853
4/11/2016 17,369 9,608 6,595 34,854
4/12/2016 17,526 9,634 6,613 34,865
4/13/2016 17,884 9,709 6,629 34,869
4/14/2016 18,432 9,861 6,667 34,885
4/15/2016 18,752 9,994 6,691 34,897
4/16/2016 18,940 10,037 6,705 34,909
4/18/2016 19,276 10,172 6,752 34,923
4/19/2016 19,934 10,266 6,783 34,943
4/20/2016 20,489 10,369 6,895 34,975
4/21/2016 24,163 10,843 7,000 34,993
4/22/2016 25,547 11,161 7,182 35,031
4/25/2016 26,832 11,571 7,316 35,098
4/26/2016 28,609 11,894 7,487 35,163
4/27/2016 29,619 12,346 7,558 35,221
4/28/2016 37,840 14,779 8,077 35,331

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.