You won't believe what NFL teams ask prospects

You won't believe what NFL teams ask prospects
Posted at 7:43 PM, Feb 23, 2016

The NFL Scouting Combine is often described as the most difficult job interview on Earth. Prospects are expected to deliver the best workout of their entire lives in front of dozens of scouts and millions of strangers across the world.

A few extra seconds on a 40-yard dash time could cost a player millions of dollars On top of that, they’re subjected to intelligence tests and countless hours of media interviews.

But according to a number of former and current NFL players, that’s not even the worst part.

Prospects also spend much of the week meeting with officials from all 32 teams in a job-interview type situation. On Tuesday, former Jacksonville Jaguar Austen Lane shared some of the questions he was asked by NFL teams when he was at the combine in 2010. He says he was asked about everything from his hair style to his underwear.









The most disturbing of the list?



Lane wasn’t the only prospect to be asked about his mother at the NFL Combine that year. According to Sports Illustrated, former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland asked receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute.

Sex seems to be a common theme in Combine interview questioning. In 2014, quarterback Blake Bortles was asked if he had a girlfriend — and if the interviewers could join her for dinner. In 2010, defensive tackle Geno Atkins was asked if he was gay or straight, and in 2015, defensive end Obum Gwacham was asked when he lost his virginity.

Maybe the biggest head-scratcher came from the Cleveland Browns in 2014, when they asked multiple prospects to name all the things they could do with a paperclip.

And you thought your last job interview was difficult.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.