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Ready for NFL draft? Here are 25 coolest Twitter handles ...

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To explain this, we've been busy creating a Twitter list of prospects for the upcoming NFL draft -- you can follow it here, with 250-plus players on one easy timeline -- and in doing so, you come to appreciate the creativity that goes into picking a Twitter handle for yourself.

There's something to be said for the simplicity of Firstname-Lastname-Number, perhaps with an initial in there somewhere, but having sorted through as many guys as we could find over a few days, we wanted to share the most clever of what's out there. Here are 25 worth following, if only for the name on the account ...

--Making a name for yourself: Every year it seems there's one name shared by two draft prospects -- last year it was Kevin White, with the West Virginia receiver and the TCU cornerback. This draft has two prospects named Michael Thomas and both are receivers with ties to the Bucs coaching staff. Ohio State's Michael Thomas played with Tampa Bay's Evan Spencer, so he's well-known by Bucs RBs coach Tim Spencer, and Southern Miss' Michael Thomas had new Bucs OC/WRs coach Todd Monken as his coach in college. The Ohio State one is on Twitter at @Cantguardmike -- a good receiver is nothing if not confident -- while the Southern Miss one is at @mt88_.

-- Pride in one's area code: Those three digits can mean so much. So yes, Tampa's own Geronimo Allison, the receiver from Illinois who had two touchdown catches in the Shrine Game at the Trop, is proudly at @813MrFreakShow. And USF safety Jamie Byrd salutes his Hernando County roots at @352showtime.

-- When in doubt, rhyme: So easy to like rhyming nicknames. So Rutgers linebacker Steve Longa is @StrongaLonga3, and Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert is @JoeTheShow58.

-- The Kings. If you're a top draft pick, there's going to be some inevitable feeling of superiority. So Ole Miss tackler Laremy Tunsil, perhaps the Titans' choice as the No. 1 overall pick, is @KingTunsil78. Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Heisman Trophy winner, is @KingHenry_2. Even Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise is @KingPRO_20, and former FSU and Valdosta receiver Greg Dent is @KingDent15.

-- Ancient Egypt humor: South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper is @KingTutt_chdown -- even using the underscore to, well, underscore the joke. And what is it with sports figures and spelling pharaoh correctly? First American Pharoah wins a Triple Crown with two displaced letters, now this ...

-- The Islands: If you're a corner, you want something like Revis Island, if only to show the confidence that goes with putting yourself out there all alone, island-like. So LSU's Jalen Mills is @Mills_Island. Northern Iowa's Deiondre Hall is @Dhall_Island1.

-- The One and Only: Some prospects want you to know it's really them, not someone else by that name. So FSU's Jalen Ramsey, perhaps the top pick in the draft, is @TheJalenRamsey, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith is indeed at @TheJaylonSmith and Baylor WR Corey Coleman is @TheCoreyColeman. The Ohio State safety Vonn Bell is @TheVonnBell7, even though he wore 11 for the Buckeyes -- he's had the account since high school.

-- Beast Mode: Linemen like to evoke big animals, so Alabama's Dominick Jackson is @BIIIG_SIMBA76, and Central Michigan defensive back Kavon Frazier is at @Kay_BlackSimba. Ohio State's Joey Bosa, a likely top-five pick, is @JBbigbear.

-- Just fun: Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche, talented if troubled first-rounder, is at @TheLegendMerlin. We like Missouri offensive lineman Conner McGovern, who's at @McGovenator60. UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel is at @FrostedBlakes15, and Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is at @khoagie8. Humility! Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright II goes by @TwoStarScoob, a nod to the lack of respect he got as a recruit out of high school.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 7, 2016 1:33pm]

    

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