The Eagles Played Rock, Paper, Scissors With Prospects To Guage Competitiveness

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The Philadelphia Eagles used an interesting tactic to gauge the competitiveness of NFL Draft prospects during their evaluation process.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni and General Manager Howie Roseman discussed what the team did to get to know the prospects during Zoom meetings during their draft prep since they were not allowed to meet in person due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of asking football-related questions, the team apparently decided to play games of rock, paper, scissors with potential draft picks.

“If you guys are wondering, we didn’t go earth-shattering at these games,” Sirianni said, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “I played a couple of ‘em at rock paper scissors.

“It was as easy as that. Let’s see how competitive you are. I’m competitive, I’m gonna be talking trash to them. Did you talk trash back to me?”

The team apparently also played games of Jeopardy online with the prospects.

Now, does this have anything to do with football? Absoltuely not. However, teams have been known in the past to use bizarre tactics and at least these are not problematic.

And hey, if you are a prospect going through tense meetings, a little ice-breaker can never hurt.

We will find out who impressed the Eagles the most in just over a week when the 2021 NFL Draft takes place. The 86th annual NFL Draft will be held across three days from April 29 to May 1.

This year’s draft will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, incorporating FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, and the Great Lakes Science Center.

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