Questions We Wish Players Were Asked at the NFL Combine

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 21, 2014

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 17-18 - FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala. Allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility along with A&M's season and have some in College Station fed up with his antics.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
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The NFL combine, essentially a college football player's publicized job interview, is second only to the draft as the most anticipated event of professional football's offseason.

Televised on the NFL Network, fans can see college stars run the 40-yard dash, test their vertical leap, rep out 225 pounds on the bench press and more.

But even more interesting than the physical part of the process is the part that is unseen by the public: the formal interviews.

The league is known for being a bit too formal and uptight at times, but we've come up with some off-the-wall interview questions that NFL general mangers and coaches should be asking their draft prospects.

To any Alabama player: How many times could you bench press Nick Saban?

Forget the 225-pound bench press—that's irrelevant.  How many times could you rep out the notoriously short coach?

More importantly, how angry would he be once you finally put him down?

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To any lineman: How many chicken wings could you eat in one sitting?

Food questions, (like "What is the most important part of a sandwich?") are fairly common off-the-wall interview inquiries.

But mostly, I'd be asking this for comparison's sake, and to see what the guy is made of. I once ate 33 boneless wings at Buffalo Wild Wings and felt like dying for about 36 hours afterward. 

If a 300-pound giant can't beat that, he's off the draft board.

To any LSU player: Could you eat more grass than Les Miles?

Sticking with the eating line of questioning, this query could reveal a lot.

The player could be respectful to his coach and admit that Miles is the grass-eating guru of the world. Or he could show his competitive fire and claim that he could beat mankind's most notorious grass eater.

Which Blue Mountain State character best describes you?

Akin to many real-world interview questions, this might be the most revealing question a combine interviewer could ask.

BMS is the best college football show ever made (and unfortunately cancelled), and most players would be able to relate to it somehow.

Would you be the insane-but-talented Thad Castle, the laid back Alex Moran or Sammy, the mascot?

To Johnny Manziel: That Dorito on your shoulder, what flavor is it?

Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel recently told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that, if the Houston Texans passed him up at No. 1 overall, it would turn the chip on his shoulder from a Frito to a Dorito—but what flavor Dorito?

Nacho Cheese? Cool Ranch? Fiery Habanero?

The answer is a true window into Manziel's personality and character.

To Jadeveon Clowney: Which starting NFL QB are you most looking forward to sacking?

The answer is guaranteed to be a good one.

Jadeveon Clowney caused a bit of a stir during last year's SEC media days when he called out Clemson's Tajh Boyd and several SEC quarterbacks for being afraid of him.

To AJ McCarron: Does your girlfriend have any single friends—a sister, perhaps?

Ever since ESPN analyst Brent Musburger swooned over Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, Katherine Webb, on national television, she has been just as famous as him.

Rather than dwelling on McCarron's girl, maybe he can play matchmaker for us.

The question also stands for UCF's Blake Bortles, and it just may have more impact on draft stock than any, depending on the answer.

Teddy Bridgewater will have to sell himself as a No. 1 overall draft pick, but first, let's talk about Charlie Strong.
Teddy Bridgewater will have to sell himself as a No. 1 overall draft pick, but first, let's talk about Charlie Strong.USA TODAY Sports

To Teddy Bridgewater: What is Charlie Strong's workout regimen? 

Seriously, that guy is enormous. If he joined the league, he'd instantly be its strongest coach.

Follow-up question: How many times could he bench press Nick Saban?


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