With the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine looming, draft prospects need to be prepared both physically and mentally as they look to leave good impressions on teams.
While there are plenty of football-related drills and conversations throughout the process, some questions in the interviews could leave prospects wondering how in the world the answers tie into football.
If prospects want a preview of what they should expect during interviews at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium this week, they should check out former NFL defensive end Austen Lane's Twitter timeline.
When a scout at the combine asked me... "If you could kill someone and not get caught, would you?" pic.twitter.com/mwK5UX8gvW— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) February 23, 2016
When a scout at the combine asked me if I thought my mother was attractive. pic.twitter.com/FPwc6OVdtj— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) February 23, 2016
When a coach made the statement during my combine interview... "I see you have dreads, you smoke weed don't you?" pic.twitter.com/fu2BLm55uF— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) February 23, 2016
When a scout asked me at the combine if I had to murder someone: Would I use a gun or a knife? pic.twitter.com/R5BHMxiDM7— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) February 23, 2016
When a scout at the combine asked me "boxers or briefs". pic.twitter.com/6IwjeszYBD— Austen Lane (@A_Train_92) February 23, 2016
Lane was a fifth-round pick out of Murray State in the 2010 NFL draft. He played three seasons for the Jacksonville Jaguars before bouncing around the league a bit and ultimately retiring in August 2015.
The questions he tweeted out don't have much to do with football, but some of them could give teams insight into a player's thought process. In a day and age when character is critical, bizarre questions like "Boxers or briefs?" may play a big role in what a team thinks about a prospect.
As much as players may want to dismiss these silly questions, they would be wise to give them some real thought. And if we learned anything from this past season, it's that players better have a stance on the "Is a hot dog a sandwich?" debate.