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How to fail a Scouting Combine interview
As we wait for the NFL to shut down and, possibly, a Redskins roster move or two before that, allow me to pass on a story from last weekend’s Scouting Combine.
A majority of coaches believe the player interviews are the most valuable part of the event. A player’s game film tells more about his chances for NFL success than a 40-yard dash time or bench-press reps, but the combine allows teams to meet with each player and gauge his personality, how he might fit into the locker room, his intelligence and character, etc.
With that in mind, consider how one draft prospect flopped in his interview with an AFC team.
The player was in a room speaking to coaches, executives and scouts when he was asked: “What do you expect to run the 40 in?”
It’s an innocuous question, especially compared to some that are lobbed during these sessions. The team simply wanted to know a specific time to expect.
The player answered: “Either spikes or tennis shoes.”
The team officials busted out laughing. The player, realizing that he had reduced his list of prospective employers to 31 teams, bowed his head in embarrassment.
You don’t have to be an Einstein to play football in the NFL, but that, friends, is one way to fail a combine interview.