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Trending Topics: Twitter reacts to the NFL draft

10:58 AM, May 9, 2014  |  Comments
Alabama free safety Haha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 21st pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York.
Alabama free safety Haha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 21st pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York.
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Football fans were all over Twitter as the first round of the NFL draft unfolded Thursday night, providing instant reactions, snark and trends as certain players' stock rose and one in particular dropped.

The draft choices were often tweeted before they were announced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

For Green Bay Packers fans, the wait for the 21st draft pick was less than three hours, though there was always the chance General Manager Ted Thompson could trade out of the first round. He didn't, as Press-Gazette Media tweeted:

The soon-to-be-millionaire Clinton-Dix was immediately welcomed by his former Alabama teammate, Packers running back Eddie Lacy:

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgerswelcomed the safety, too:

Clinton-Dix already has a Twitter presence. He's also active on Instagram. Michelle Noyer-Granacki of Bleacher Report tweeted a picture that Clinton-Dix had posted to Instagram of him in a Packers' T-shirt on April 26.

With the pick came instant analysis. NFL: AroundTheLeague tweeted:

Fan reaction almost exclusively centered on Clinton-Dix's unusual first name as they welcomed him to the Packers.

NFL fans have been waiting for this day. The draft has been held in late April but moved to May this year, heightening the anticipation, and it has grown from a two- to a three-day event.

Press-Gazette Media stepped in with some fun for football-deprived fans. First, they let fans be general managers by building a Packers roster, with the $133 million salary cap.

Spearheaded by reporter Doug Schneider, the roster builder exercise attracted more than 25,000 visitors to the PackersNews.com website.

Then on Sunday, football fans got to take part in the Press-Gazette Media's third annual mock NFL draft of the first round. Last year, the fans correctly predicted the Packers' first-round choice - Datone Jones.

This year, as Jeff Ash tweeted, they picked Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley was taken in the 17th round by the Baltimore Ravens. So much for the fans' pick, but we'll always have last year's correct prediction.

Meanwhile, Press-Gazette Media Packers reporter Pete Dougherty predicted the Packers would take Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier. The Buckeye ended up going in the 15th round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As the draft kicked off, Press-Gazette Media photographer Evan Siegle was in the Packers draft room and tweeted:

On draft day, it was inevitable that football fans would be reminded of Aaron Rodgers' long wait before being drafted and the unlikely scenario of him falling to the Packers in the 24th round. NFL on ESPN tweeted:

His fall was compared to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was falling to the back end of the first round.

In fact, for a while the hashtag #BeforeManzielGetsDrafted was trending, as in one tweet, "Donald Sterling will apologize and donate all his money to charity. #BeforeManzielGetsDrafted."

Or, as @Thatregularguy tweeted:

Manziel was eventually taken in the 22nd round by the Cleveland Browns.

The NFL draft continues today with rounds two and three and Saturday with rounds four through six.

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