NFL groups are identified for his or her common weirdness in evaluating gamers for the draft. And though a number of the extra “unconventional” interviewing ways have been thrown out (see: Dez Bryant), NFL coaches are nonetheless on the lookout for methods to see how gamers cope with troublesome conditions.
Enter Falcons coach Arthur Smith, who apparently watched “The Eric Andre Present” not too long ago and determined that was one of the simplest ways to judge prospects.
Offensive deal with Peter Skoronski, who was picked eleventh total by the Titans, was handed over by the Falcons, who took operating again Bijan Robinson with the No. 8 decide.
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Listening to Skoronski speak about his interview with Smith, it is not troublesome to see why.
“[Smith] was on me the second I acquired in there,” Skoronski mentioned, per The Athletic. “I used to be giving them generic solutions to their questions, and he mentioned, ‘You’re actually boring me proper now. Your solutions are so boring.’ The entire assembly, he stored taking a look at his laptop. I used to be sort of laughing to myself and mentioned, ‘Sorry, I don’t know what you need me to do. I’m answering you truthfully.’”
Stress testing is not an particularly new or novel concept. Interviewers have lengthy requested potential candidates questions like “what do you consider me?” or “what makes you higher than this different certified candidate” to gauge their responses. That appears to be the tactic employed right here.
It is ironic, as a result of there may be nothing flawed with a boring offensive deal with. It is a place the place repetition is essential, calmness is efficacious, and the power to face your floor is paramount.
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Including to the irony is that Skoronski was drafted by the crew the place Smith was beforehand an offensive coordinator, the Titans. Here is the place Skoronski acquired his name:
The second Peter Skoronski acquired the decision from the @Titans 📞@PSkoronski x #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/hn1cyLd7DJ
— CAA Soccer (@CAA_Football) April 28, 2023
Skoronski joins a Titans crew that’s searching for stability at a number of positions, so maybe his boringness was a boon to the employees there.
For the Falcons, in the meantime, they will look to get a number of the pleasure Smith had when Derrick Henry was in his backfield. Maybe a generational expertise like Robinson can be precisely what he is on the lookout for.