Jalen Mills runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis in February. (Michael Conroy/Associated Press)

In spite of increased attention given to the questions prospective NFL athletes are asked at the NFL combine, the inquisitors don’t seem to be getting any wiser.

In February, one player, former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, was asked by an Atlanta Falcons representative if he liked men, a question for which the Falcons have apologized. Now, there’s a report that another athlete was asked about his choice of weapon if he were to kill a person.


“If you wanted to kill a guy,” LSU safety Jalen Mills told CBS Sports he was asked by an unidentified team, “would you kill him with a gun or a knife?”

Just what, exactly, is the correct answer here? Well, you’d think it might be “I wouldn’t kill someone,” but Mills went on to say that “gun” is the preferred answer because using a knife indicates “that now you are killing for fun, because you have to continuously stab someone.”

Don’t be too shocked by questions that arise at the combine and in pre-draft interviews, though. They can range from the silly to the illegal to the downright insulting. Tight end Nick Kasa was asked if he liked girls. Jeff Ireland, then the Miami Dolphins’ general manager, apologized for asking Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. This year, a prospect was asked, according to CBS Sports’ Dane Brugler, if he found his mother attractive. Another player was asked if he’d rather be a cat or a dog.

You’d think that, by now, there would be a better way to evaluate 20-somethings.