The NFL Draft process is weird, twisting, nebulous demon that can be relied upon to provide a few “wait, what?” type moments every year. Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland once asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute.
According to Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams, now they’re asking players what their weapon of choice would be if that were forced to commit murder.
This does seem like a trap question with no good answer.
If you say knife, it suggests you’re a psychopath who is capable of betrayal on a personal and intimate manner. If you choose gun, they’ll suspect you have one and pass on you in the draft. If you say neither, you look indecisive, and again, they’ll pass. Tricky stuff.
All of these questions are supposed to give the decision makers an idea of the players mental makeup, so that they get a fuller idea of the person behind the helmet they’ll be forking over millions of dollars to. While there might be something to glean from asking questions like these, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll draft someone who won’t totally blow their opportunity. Draft history in all major sports is littered with players who had other-worldly potential, but couldn’t capitalize on it due to outside influence.
The truth is that the draft is a grab-bag of talented young men who are about to have more money than most people would know what to do with. To handle sudden amounts of wealth, fame, and still keep a burning desire to play football and not rest on your laurels, that’s no small undertaking.
Still, though, weird question to ask.
Rich Eisen runs an embracing 40-time.