Here's Former NFL PLayer Austen Lane Giving You A Little Glimpse Into What Players Deal With At The Combine
And now we know why Austen Lane was drafted in the fifth round and jumped around to four different teams before retiring just four seasons into his career. Too much thinking, not enough doing. NFL teams don't care that you would kill someone, or how you would choose to do it. They don't care if you smoke a little weed. They don't care what form of undergarments you prefer. Hell, if Austen Lane could have gotten to the quarterback consistently they wouldn't even care if he was fucking his mother, never mind whether he found her attractive or not. It's not about the actual answer Austen, it's about the conviction with which you give it. Maybe you wouldn't have had to wait until Day 2 of the draft to hear your name called if you didn't respond to every combine question by looking around the room for hidden cameras. It was supposed to be a relatively serious process and you turned it into a piss poor episode of 'Punk'd'. If you get flustered by an absurd line of questioning then how can they expect you to maintain you composure when you are out on the field making split second decisions against the most gifted athletes in the entire world?
These guys that were interviewing you have jobs on the line as well. Jobs they could very well lose if they stake their reputation to a guy that takes 5 minutes to answer 'This or That' questions. Every second of silence is a sign of a lack of confidence. No one gets drafted higher because their mom is ugly or because boxers ride up on them too much. They get drafted higher because they don't think twice about saying it to the overly intrusive people sitting in front of them scribbling notes on a pad of paper.
Q: If you could kill someone and not get caught, would you?
A: If I said no would you even believe me?
Q: If you had to murder someone would you use a gun or a knife?
A: Gun. Cleanup from the knife takes too long. Wouldn't want to take time away from film study.
Q: Boxers or briefs?
A: What is this, a riddle? Trick question. Boxer briefs.
Q: I see you have dreads, you smoke weed don't you?
A: No (include eye roll).
Q: Do you think your mother is attractive?
A: No, she is beautiful.
Am I a first rounder yet, or do I need actual skill too, because that interview was...