WHOSAY Hot Talent List: 13 NFL Influencers to Match Your Brand This Football Season

Nothing says "fall is around the corner" like the upcoming football season.

To celebrate, WHOSAY's Talent Team has used the Match App to curate a Hot Talent List of the 13 most influential influencers and trailblazers who also happen to be newly-minted National Football League pros.

Aside from being followed by millions of fans across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms, these rising stars offer marketers and brands the highest brand affinity and fan engagement just in time for 2017 NFL Season!

1. Deshaun Watson:

Memo™ ... 815❗️ #GainandMaintain

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A quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL), Deshaun Watson played college football at Clemson. He was drafted by the Texans 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Watson has 1.3 million fans—472 thousand of which follow him on Instagram, 24 thousand on Facebook and 781 thousand on Twitter.  

2. Leonard Fournette:

Leonard Fournette is a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football at LSU and was drafted by the Jaguars with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has 835 thousand fans, 560 thousand of them on Instagram, 12 thousand on Facebook and 263 thousand on Twitter.

3. Jabrill Peppers:

How I walked around my first couple weeks off line 😂🐶

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Trailblazer Jabrill Peppers is a linebacker and defensive back. He played college football at Michigan. A standout athlete early in high school, he was named the Air Force National Sophomore of the Year in 2011. Peppers boasts 671 thousand fans on social media, 203 thousand on Instagram, 5 thousand on Facebook and 463 thousand on Twitter.

4. Christian McCaffrey:

All smiles with camp around the corner! #WoffordIsComing 🤐🙏🏼

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Influencer Christian Jackson McCaffrey, born June 7, 1996, is a running back and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford and was drafted by the Panthers with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has 661 thousand fans (467K on Instagram, 50K on Facebook and 143K on Twitter). They’re ages 18-24 (20%), 25-34 (20%), 35-44 (20%) and 45-54 (40%). McCaffrey’s fans are 78% male.

5. T.J. Watt:

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Influencer T.J. Watt is an outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s followed on social media by 326 thousand fans, 243K on Instagram, 963K on Facebook and 82K on Twitter.

6. John Ross III:

This all i ever wanted! Rookie Campaign 🐅

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John Ross III is an influencer and a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at the University of Washington and was drafted by the Bengals ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ross III has 230 thousand followers on social media (179K on Instagram, 3K on Facebook and 49K on Twitter).

7. Juju Smith-Schuster:

Influencer John "Juju" Smith-Schuster is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football at USC. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Smith-Schuster in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He has 225 total fans on social media, 151K on them engage with him on Instagram while 12K like him on Facebook and 62K follow him on Twitter.

8. Reuben Foster:

Reuben Foster is a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the 49ers in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This influencer is followed by 118K fans on Instagram, 4K on Facebook and 55K on Twitter for a total of 177K social media followers.

9. Samaje Perine:

Samaje Perine is a running back for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Oklahoma and was drafted by the Redskins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He influences a total of 141 thousand online fans—77K of them on Instagram, 15K on Facebook and 50K on Twitter.

10. David Njoku:

Influencer David Njoku is a tight end for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Miami, and was drafted by the Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Njoku is followed by 60K fans on Instagram, 2K on facebook and 26K on Twiter.

11. Solomon Thomas:

A defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, Solomon Thomas played college football at Stanford University and was drafted by the 49ers with the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He boasts 43K fans on Instagram, 4K on Facebook and 20K on Twitter.

12. OJ Howard:

"O. J." Howard is a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Buccaneers in the first round of the 2017 NFL  Draft. He has 57 thousand fans, 6K on Facebook and 51K on Twitter.

13. Corey Davis:

Trailblazer Corey Davis is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans. He played college football at Western Michigan, where he became the NCAA's career receiving yards leader. He was drafted by the Titans fifth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Davis boasts 51 thousand fans (30K on Instagram, 226 on Facebook and 20K on Twitter).

BONUS: Jeremy McNichols:

Jeremy McNichols is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Boise State. From Long Beach, California, McNichols has 13 thousand fans on social media.

THIS LIST HAS BEEN CURATED BY THE WHOSAY TALENT TEAM TO HELP IDENTIFY INFLUENCERS FOR MARKETING CAMPAIGNS. THIS LIST IS AVAILABLE TO WHOSAY MATCH USERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT MATCHREPORT.WHOSAY.COM.