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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Which Bucs players have the most Twitter followers?

For the third year in a row, we're doing our annual ranking of which Bucs players have piled up the most Twitter followers -- before you read too much into the actual significance of that, remember that Dashon Goldson somehow had over a million at one point.

Nine of the top 10 are back from last season's rankings, with only Henry Melton (spending time with the Cowboys and Bears can get you a few followers) gone -- by comparison, a year ago, three of the top four biggest followings were from Bucs newcomers.

It's also a friendly reminder that we keep a Twitter list with all the current Bucs players we can find -- there are 73 players on there right now (again, alas, we can't include Garrett Gilkey because he has us blocked).

Which of our top 20 from a year ago made the biggest gains? Jameis Winston isn't the answer -- he's up a solid 18 percent from last year, but Nebraska fan favorite Kenny Bell (despite not playing a down in 2015) went up by 23 percent and is now one of just two Bucs players over 100,000 followers. Lavonte David went up 20 percent from last year, and Mike Evans (18%), Gerald McCoy (15%) and Doug Martin (15%) all had double-digit increases as well. Kwon Alexander, who didn't make last year's list, probably has the biggest jump of any in the new top 20.

So here are this year's top 20 Bucs players as ranked by their Twitter followings, rounded off to the nearest hundred, with last year's rankings in parentheses ...

1. (1) Jameis Winston (244,100)

2. (4) Kenny Bell (105,800)

3. (3) Major Wright (90,600)

4. (5) Mike Evans (84,500)

5. (6) Gerald McCoy (66,800)

6. (7) Doug Martin (65,000)

7. (9) Lavonte David (51,700)

8. (8) Vincent Jackson (46,400)

9. (new) Storm Johnson (41,600)

10. (12) Johnthan Banks (34,300)

11. (10) Russell Shepard (32,300)

12. (new) Robert Ayers (29,800)

13. (new) Evan Spencer (29,800)

14. (15) Louis Murphy (27,400)

15. (new) Noah Spence (23,800)

16. (17) Alterraun Verner (22,700)

17. (new) Josh Robinson (22,300)

18. (unranked) Kwon Alexander (18,800)

19. (19) Will Gholston (14,400)

20. (new) Roberto Aguayo (12,800)

Also over 10,000: Mike Glennon, Akeem Spence, Cliff Matthews, Donovan Smith, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Channing Ward and Mike James.

[Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2016 11:46am]


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