The last days before the National Football League Draft always seem to unearth some of the funnest things about the upcoming draft class. Now that the dust has safely settled on the 40-yard dash times and the pro days, and all the Wonderlic scores have been dissected and disseminated (in case you missed it, Johnny Manziel scored really well, but that doesn’t seem to mean a whole lot, historically), it’s time for the draftees to answer questions about their peers. That’s right — judgement on the 2014 NFL Draft class by the members of the 2014 NFL Draft class. At the very least, it beats another Colin Cowherd soundbite.
It’s an interesting character study, though, especially since it allows us to look at the kinds of questions the NFL asks the prospect pool before the draft, which kicks off on Thursday. There’s also at least one good combine story that drops around this time — like how Seantrel Henderson, he of the badass first name and (potentially) costly weed habit. That’s far from the most interesting thing unearthed over the combine, even though the knowledge that the NFL only tests for recreational drugs once a season feels at odds with its public stance.
No, that’s not what we’re interested in here. What we’re looking at, courtesy of ESPN The Magazine, are the publication’s interviews with 35 prospects on various aspects of the draft class. It’s important to note, though, that not all 35 answered every question, and, of course, we have no way of knowing who answered the questions, because if we could find out, then the various NFL teams could find out, and these guys might not end up drafted at all. At any rate, here are some of the more interesting things about the 2014 draft class.