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Efficiency a Goal for Titans During Prospect Interviews at NFL Combine

Posted by Craig Peters on February 22, 2014 – 6:43 pm

What can be learned or accomplished in 15 minutes?

Titans general manager Ruston Webster, coach Ken Whisenhunt and coaches and scouts have 900 allotted minutes, broken into 60 sessions, to find out.

Titans general manager Ruston Webster says preparation is the key to maximizing time during interviews with players at the NFL Combine.

Titans general manager Ruston Webster says preparation is the key to maximizing time during interviews with players at the NFL Combine.

Tennessee was able to request 15-minute interviews per player with 60 of the more than 330 draft-eligible prospects who were invited to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine.

The limitations placed on the number of players establish a need for efficiency that is magnified during the sessions.

Earlier this week, Webster talked about what can be learned during the interviews.

“I think it is like anything else. If you come here and watch the guys that work out, there is a group that stands out, there’s a group that might struggle and there is a big group in the middle,” Webster said. “In those interviews we are looking for the guys that stand out or the guys that might struggle. It is helpful, but it is not the end-all, be-all, just like the workout is not the end-all, be-all.

“You do your research on players and try and do as much background as you can, and that has to weigh into it to,” Webster continued. “Somebody just may not be a good interview, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to be a good player and it doesn’t mean that they don’t have the right make-up that you want for your team.”

While players know more about what to expect during the interview process and have placed emphasis on practicing their responses, team executives do their homework during the season to find out background information. There can be metaphorical green, yellow or red lights that flash during or immediately after interviews.

“There are certain things that come up through the years that surprise you, and the guy leaves the room and you say, ‘Did he really say that?’ They’ve become a lot more rehearsed now,” Webster said. “They used to be a lot more interesting.

“I think the key to questions at the combine is already knowing something about the player. I think you already have some kind of background, that player’s background, or what he’s like, you can ask the right question and get the right response, so our scouts do a great job of researching these players before we ever get in there,” Webster said. “Some of them are really funny, and then there’s those guys that just blow you away with how impressive they are. Those guys usually end up being pretty solid football players too.”

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One Response to “Efficiency a Goal for Titans During Prospect Interviews at NFL Combine”

  1. By royalan83 on Feb 23, 2014 | Reply

    Just because they can spit on the mic, doesn’t mean those words convert into touchdowns on the field. Interviews are worthless, while video of them between the whistle is fact.

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