Former Browns Tight End Tells Disturbing Story of NFL Draft Interviews

Adam Taylor McKillop
Former Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson tells disturbing story of NFL Draft interviews.
Former Cleveland Browns tight end Benjamin Watson tells disturbing story of NFL Draft interviews. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

After a disappointing 7-10 finish, the Cleveland Browns are full steam ahead in the NFL offseason. Their focus lies heavily on free agency and the NFL Draft, despite not picking in the first round because of the Deshaun Watson trade.

The NFL Draft is a long and arduous process for college athletes trying to make it big. Not only does it require a strong collegiate profile, but the draft process itself is intense. From pro days to the combine to one-on-one interviews, college athletes go through rigorous tests.

Just ask former Browns tight end Benjamin Watson, who revealed a disturbing story of his NFL Draft interviews back before the 2004 event.

Responding to a tweet from Paul Finebaum, Watson details the "worst job interview question" he had ever been asked.

He tells a story of interviewing ahead of the NFL Draft, getting stuck "in the middle of a dark room" while members of the front office "stood in the shadows mob-style." Cleveland's front office members then asked Watson if he had ever smoked marijuana. After replying no, Watson explained that "the interviewer grabbed my wrist as if he was feeling my pulse and asked me again louder."

While that dates all the way back to 2004, we're not sure if the process remains the same. Either way, that's a tough experience for a young athlete to go through.

The New England Patriots ultimately drafted Watson in 2004, but he later spent three seasons playing for the Browns during his productive 15-year career.

The 2023 NFL Draft is set to kick off on Thursday, April 27.

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