We've spent months reading scouting reports, scouring film cutups (most of them by the indispensible Draft Breakdown crew), and debating with each other the games and playing styles of these prospects. But how well do we actually know the newest members of the St Louis Rams?
("Well," says the twice-divorced itinerant philosopher in the room, "how well do we truly KNOW anyone?" That guy can shut up. We're trying to write an article here.)
How can we get to know these future millionaires? The easiest channel is their Twitter profile. I'm actually of the belief that a person's social media profile says a lot about them. Not everything, to be sure, but it shows us how they present themselves, and how much they know about how to present themselves. Plus, it's easy stalkings and even easier pickings for someone like you or me that isn't about to be on first-name basis with them otherwise.
For informed insight, I enlisted the help of Brent Lancaster (@lannyosu), a Rams fan who engages with players on a regular basis and is finely attuned to discrete shades of online personality.
We looked at players' twitter feeds in the period just before the draft, when online psyches are straining under the stresses of the biggest and longest job interview of their lives. On one hand, they ahve no doubt been implored by their agents to be on their best behavior, as a clumsy offhand remark might get blown out of proportion when every aspect of their lives is under the microscope. On the other hand, the amount of pressure placed on these players during this time begs for a release.
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