NFL prospects, have you reviewed your social media ahead of tonight’s draft?

Written by Lexie on April 29, 2021

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The 2021 NFL draft kicks off tonight and over the course of the next three days, hundreds of men will see their dreams realized. Although the draft itself will be taking place in Cleveland, Ohio, there may be one location even more significant to the draftees--the internet. Or if we are to be more specific: Twitter.

Jerry Jeudy, Josh Allen, and Laremy Tunsil -- what do they have in common?

Well, first and foremost, all of these men were selected in the first round of the 2020, 2018, and 2016 drafts. But they also are part of a group that their agents and themselves likely wish they weren’t part of. During this monumental moment of their careers, as each of them were drafted to the National Football League, these athletes had old, offensive posts resurface that overshadowed their football accomplishments and created negative headlines about them.

For Jeudy in 2020, old tweets resurfaced just after being drafted. The posts may have been originally written in 2013, but that didn’t stop them from making the headlines 7 years later on the biggest night of his career.

For Allen, his tweets originally posted during high school in 2012 and 2013 were uncovered hours before the 2018 draft. Rather than talking to reporters about his excitement for draft night, he was forced to answer questions about these sentiments and with his only explanation being that he was “young and dumb.”

For Tunsil, a video posted to his own Twitter account a mere minutes before the draft cost him more than just his draft position. According to Darren Rovell, this short video posted to his Twitter cost him over $7 million in 2016. Although it was reported to be an old video, that fact became irrelevant to many teams.

These are just a few of the many instances when old tweets resurface and overshadow an athletes on-field accomplishments. The questions now are who will be next and will we see old tweets resurface tonight?

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