Weird­est ques­tions asked of draftees

Weekend Herald - - KRIS SHANNON'S WORLD OF SPORT - How many ways could you use a brick in a minute? If you could kill some­one and not get caught, would you? If you were to die, which way would you want to go out?

A draft in any sport can be a bit of a crap­shoot. Some­times, can’t miss prospects — like Greg Oden ( No 1 over­all, 2007 NBA Draft) — do in fact miss. Other times, un­her­alded po­ten­tial pros — like Tom Brady ( No 199 over­all, 2000 NFL Draft) — even­tu­ally be­come the great­est play­ers of all time.

In other words, it’s hardly an ex­act science. But that doesn’t stop teams from at­tempt­ing to turn the draft­ing process into just that, treat­ing young prospects like lab rats in the weeks be­fore the big night.

Teams record every quan­tifi­able mea­sure­ment from these bud­ding ath­letes and, since that’s clearly not enough, also sub­ject them to ques­tions of phi­los­o­phy, psy­chol­ogy and, oc­ca­sion­ally, psy­chopa­thy.

As we ap­proach next month’s NBA Draft, here are three of the strangest . . . That curly one was asked of Cincin­nati Ben­gals de­fen­sive end Chris Smith. And, set­ting aside its rel­e­vance to play­ing foot­ball, how many can you think of? There’s the ob­vi­ous, like build­ing stuff and hold­ing open doors. And, I guess, there’s the bar­baric uses, like killing some­one. Speak­ing of which . . . For­mer Jack­sonville Jaguars de­fen­sive end Austen Lane went on an amus­ing Twit­ter spree last year, re­veal­ing the worst ques­tions he had heard. In ad­di­tion to the dark query above, Lane was asked whether he wears box­ers or briefs, and whether he thought his mother was at­trac­tive. Death is clearly a pretty pop­u­lar topic. Kansas guard Frank Ma­son III, hop­ing to im­press NBA teams enough to be drafted next month, fielded that rather mor­bid in­quiry, opt­ing for the safe but bor­ing choice of ex­pir­ing in his sleep, pre­fer­ring to feel no pain. Which is a bit weak, re­ally. He’s clearly go­ing to be a bust.

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