Google, NFLPA Team Up for Draft Day Hangouts
Google and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) are collaborating to offer live, digital press conferences via Google+ Hangouts. Throughout the three-day NFL Draft, 20 future NFL stars will participate in individual #MyDraftDay Hangouts shortly following their selection. The Hangouts can be viewed publicly at YouTube.com/nflplayers or on the player’s Google+ page.
“The NFL Draft is one of the biggest moments of personal achievement in a player’s career,” said George Atallah, NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs. “We’re excited to work with Google to give rookies an opportunity to share this moment and be introduced to new fans through the use of innovative communication channels.”
The week surrounding the NFL Draft represents some of the highest levels of fan interest for players – last year’s first round selections received on average over 1300% more Google search volume during draft week compared to other weeks during their rookie season.
The following players are participating in the #MyDraftDay Google+ Hangouts: Davante Adams (Fresno St.), Kapri Bibbs (Colorado St.), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Michael Campanaro (Wake Forest), Derek Carr (Fresno St.), Brandon Coleman (Rutgers), Brandin Cooks (Oregon St.), Devonta Freeman (Florida St.), Crockett Gillmore (Colorado St.), Marion Grice (Arizona St.), Allen Hurns (Miami, Fla.), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Cody Latimer (Indiana), Terrance Mitchell (Oregon), Stephen Morris (Miami, Fla.), Kevin Pierre-Louis (Boston College), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington), Connor Shaw (South Carolina), Marcus Smith (Louisville) and Dezmen Southward (Wisconsin).