The NFL Draft combine famously elicits some very strange questions from coaches, often asked under the premise of “testing” the player being interviewed in one way or another.
As a participant at the 2017 combine, former Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds had the opportunity to sit down with a handful of teams in preparation for his NFL future. And unsurprisingly, Reynolds was the target of yet another unusual tactic by an unnamed NFL coach.
According to a Q&A Reynolds did with Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones, Reynolds ended up in a staring contest — on purpose — with the coach in question. Here’s the full exchange:
JJ:How’s this pre-draft process been? A favorite question folks like me ask is if you had any weird combine questions. Did you?
JR: I had something weird at the combine. I ended up having a staring contest with one of the coaches. That was probably about the weirdest thing. It was different. He was like, ‘I’m going to have you play a game. It’s kind of like a staring contest but I’m going to time you see how long you can keep your eyes open.’ So I’m sitting there trying to keep my eyes open for as long as I can, crying and all that stuff because my eyes keep watering. That was probably the weirdest thing.
JJ:How long would you say you kept eye contact?
JR: I think the longest was like 45 seconds.
JJ:Did you beat the coach or did he give up and want you to keep staring?
JR: He never really started. It was just kind of a test for me.
It’s unclear whether that meant Reynolds either passed or failed whatever test the coach was attempting to give him, but nevertheless, it shows that players need to be ready for just about anything when they sit down for an NFL Draft combine interview.