2012 NFL Draft: 15 Experts You Should Be Following on Twitter

Alexander DiegelCorrespondent IIIApril 23, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 15 Experts You Should Be Following on Twitter

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    Looking for some last-minute tips heading into the NFL draft? Then there are some sources you should consider. 

    If you have a Twitter account, then these 15 are ones you should follow. All of them provide original, insightful information on the draft and could give you some tips as to which way your favorite team is headed. 

    Click along and find out who you should add on your "following" list. 

Mel Kiper Jr.

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    Handle: @melkiperjrESPN

    Mel Kiper Jr. is considered by many to be something of the Godfather of NFL draft reporting. He's been covering the draft since John Elway was a top prospect and is a regular on SportsCenter and NFL Live.  

    Follow Kiper for some quick draft news and of course, a link to his newest Big Board, available to ESPN Insiders. 

Todd McShay

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    Handle: @McShay13

    Todd McShay is probably the second-most recognizable name in NFL draft coverage. He is almost always seen in comparison with Mel Kiper with a slightly different outlook on his Big Board. 

    Follow him for quick opinions on intriguing prospects like Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. 

Jim Irsay

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    Handle: @JimIrsay

    Jim Irsay is accurately referred to as "The Mad Tweeter" by Pardon The Interruption's duo of Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. 

    No other owner in sports gives the fans in inside look into the team's plans like Jim Irsay.

    For Indianapolis Colts' fans, he is a must-follow if you want an up-to-date look at your favorite team. For the rest of us, he has given us some updates on status of Andrew Luck and helped create some buzz around intriguing prospect Ryan Tannehill. 

Michael Silver

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    Handle: @MikeSilver

    Michael Silver is a lead NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports. He is a source for mock drafts and general NFL news.  


Jason Cole

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    Handle: @JasonColeYahoo

    One of Yahoo! Sports' top NFL writers, Cole can provide you with inside information and links to his freshest mock draft. 

Peter King

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    Handle: @SI_PeterKing

    Sports Illustrated's top NFL reporter does not take a break during the offseason. Follow King for discussions on top prospects and other offseason news. 

Matt Miller

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    Handle: @nfldraftscout

    Bleacher Report's answer to Mel Kiper, Matt Miller lives, eats and breathes NFL prospects.

    Miller is B/R's NFL Draft Lead Writer and the founder of New Era Scouting. Miller pumps out mock drafts, and the best part of it is, you don't have to pay for an "Insider" subscription to access his latest work.  

    Follow Matt for non-stop NFL draft news and intriguing options like the New England Patriots packaging some of their five first-day picks to move up in the first round.  

Sports Illustrated NFL

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    Handle: @SI_NFL

    If you are going to follow Peter King, you might as well go straight to the source and follow Sports Illustrated's coverage of the NFL. 

    Here you can find links to King's latest mock draft, articles about the enigmatic Vontaze Burfict and intriguing small-school prospects. This follow goes beyond the standard prospects (Andrew Luck, RG3) and will give you true insider information. 

Michael Signora

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    Handle: @NflFootballInfo

    Michael Signora is the NFL vice president of football communications. He also oversees the aforementioned Twitter handle, which is a great location if you want to find information on the NFL. 

    You can find facts there that you can't find anywhere else. For example, a quick breakdown on the only quarterbacks selected 1-2 (not a great track record for Andrew Luck and RG3 to both be great) and who got the most compensatory draft picks. 

Pro Football Talk

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    Handle: @profootballtalk

    ProFootballTalk is a great source for anything football. At this time of year, the NFL draft is everything football. 

    For example, this quick link will give you insight into who is pushing for Ryan Tannehill. 

Chris Mortensen

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    Handle: @mortreport

    Chris Mortensen is more of ESPN's general NFL expert than a draft specialist. At this time of year, every football guy becomes something of an NFL draft guru. 

    Mortensen is on top of the Mike Wallace situation with the Pittsburgh Steelers and will tweet/retweet who is likely to go where in regards to specific situations. For example, he recently retweeted that if the St. Louis Rams draft Trent Richardson, then Steven Jackson will be on the market. 

NFL Network

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    Handle: @nflnetwork

    The NFL Network's official Twitter page will tweet/retweet a lot of football information throughout the day. A great source for the general comings and goings of the NFL. 

National Football Post

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    Handle: @NationalFootballPost

    FootballPost is the true football fanatics' Twitter page. Posts come in practically on the hour and update everything from the high school recruiting game to team needs in the draft. 

    On Sunday night alone, the page submitted links to the merits of Brock Osweiler, the San Diego Chargers' team needs and David Carr's potential had he not been used a punching bag for opponents while he was with the Houston Texans

Sigmund Bloom

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    Handle: @SigmundBloom

    If Matt Miller is Bleacher Report's Mel Kiper, then Sigmund Bloom is B/R's Todd McShay. A NFL Lead Writer of ours and a writer for footballguys.com, Bloom's Twitter page is one draft tweet after another. 

Tony Pauline

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    Handle: @tonypauline

    The publisher for NFLDraftInsider.net, Tony Pauline is just that: an inside source for anyone craving information on the NFL draft. 

    Over the weekend, Pauline reported that first-day prospect Case Minnifield underwent micro-fracture surgery and provided a link to some big-time small-school prospects. 

    Alexander is a featured columnist for bleacherreport.com You can follow Alexander on Twitter @thesportsdude7 or become a fan on his Bleacher Report profile.