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January 24, 2008

Senior Bowl full of questions, literally

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MOBILE, Ala. The Senior Bowl is much more than just a football game.

For NFL coaches and scouts, the week-long lead-up to the game provides an opportunity to sit down and do in-depth interviews with each player. What that means for many of the players, though, is countless questionnaires to fill out and multiple meetings with different NFL teams before and after practice, at all hours of the day.

Michigan State tight end Kellen Davis said Thursday the entire process has been like nothing he has experienced before.

"You get about 40 different questionnaires; they are just downstairs handing them out," Davis said "They'll be like, 'Have you done this one yet?' And I'll be like, 'No,' and they'll just hand it to me.

"The first night I got here, I had at least 20 of them. I didn't know what to do."

One of the questions Davis remembers: "What would your friends say about you if I asked them and you weren't here?"

His answer?

" 'I think they'd say I'm a good guy and a good teammate,' " Davis said. "Hopefully that's the answer."

Purdue wide receiver Dorien Bryant thought he had heard every question until he got this one.

"They asked me have I ever murdered anyone," Bryant said. "First, they asked if I had ever been arrested, and then they asked if I've murdered anybody and I go, 'Excuse me?' Then he repeated it: 'Have you ever murdered anyone?'

"And then I go, 'Not today. My answer is no.' "

Bryant doesn't recall the team because the question was asked during one of 15 interviews he conducted Tuesday.

The meetings with team personnel can go as late as midnight, which can make for a tough morning the next day in practice.

"It's draining because they ask you the same questions over and over again," Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell said. "You get aggravated by it, but it's just something you have to deal with."

Davis said he understands why teams handle the interviews the way they do.

"If you were going to pay somebody millions of dollars, wouldn't you want to make sure you are drafting somebody that's a good guy, that has good character?" Davis asked. "I would."

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