Retired DE Austen Lane Sheds Light on Bizarre NFL Combine Questions

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2016

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane (92) watches the jumbo screen in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla. The Bengals beat the Jaguars 30-20. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
Stephen Morton/Associated Press

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.

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.


[Austen Lane, h/t Fox Sports]