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What Do the 49ers Ask Combine Prospects?

Posted Feb 24, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers are allowed to formally interview 60 prospects each year at the NFL Scouting Combine. Here is a sampling of the questions asked.

INDIANAPOLIS – You only have 15 minutes, so you better make them count.

NFL teams are allowed to formally interview 60 prospects each year at the NFL Scouting Combine. Those discussions take place in 15-minute intervals in a dimly-lit room inside of the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Indianapolis. 

In 2013, Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid was one of San Francisco’s 60 interview subjects.

49ers.com has taken you inside of the room at previous combines to show the unique circumstance NFL prospects encounter at the combine.  The room is just like any hotel room, only the beds have been swapped out for additional armchairs. A large 49ers banner is hung in the middle of the room and is joined by a gold helmet and a football on a coffee table in the center of the room. Not to be outdone, prospects are also greeted with a bowl of snacks before they are asked a series of questions by team personnel. There’s even a whiteboard in the room, in case a player is requested to draw up plays on the “grease board.”

In addition to the hotel dialogue between pro team and pro prospect, clubs are allowed to have informal conversations at a nearby train station across the street from the player hotel. There, teams can reach a much larger amount of the 300-plus prospects in town for the combine. The 60 interviews are saved for the elite prospects of the draft, like Reid, the No. 18 overall draft pick and day-1 starter for the 49ers last season.

Although the 49ers do not have a standard interview script for their 60 interviews, the scouting department was kind enough to share a sampling of 10 questions that might be asked to a prospect during a combine interview session. 

1. What about your game will make an NFL team better?

2. Who is the first person you would call if you had a football problem?

3. Who is the first person you would call if you needed help making a decision?

4. What was your first job?

5. What goes through your mind once a play is finished, to when you hear the play call, to the line of scrimmage, all the way through the whistle?

6. How do you feel you learn most effectively?

7. What motivates you to play football?

8. Can you describe your relationships with your family, coaches and teammates?

9. What do you want to achieve as an NFL player?

10. What do you want to achieve outside the NFL?