During team interview, NFL coach asked Jerome Baker how he'd react if he punched him in the face

As the NFL draft nears, NFL team personnel tend to walk a razor thin line along the border of bold and improper with their questioning of prospects during individual interviews. That brazen attitude has often resulted in them getting out of pocket with their inquiries. It’s their opportunity to find out what makes guys tick and sometimes, how best to tick them off.

Recently, an NFL team asked running back prospect Derrius Guice if he was gay and in 2010, former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. During an interview with Justin Melo of Draft Wire, Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker revealed the latest bizarre question to be asked by player evaluators during a one-on-one interview.

Reportedly, Baker told Melo, he was asked by one coach how he’d respond if he punched Baker in the face.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (LB02) is seen during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March , 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker (LB02) runs in the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 02: Jerome Baker #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker (17) during the BIG10 College Football game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 30, 2017, at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, NJ (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 28: Jonathan Holland #18 of the Penn State Nittany Lions is unable to make the catch as he is fouled by Jerome Baker #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Sep 17, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker (17) scores a touchdown after an interception against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 22: Jerome Baker #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2016. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Jerome Baker #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (L) celebrates with a coach after making a play against the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Those are quite literally fightin’ words and Baker should have been presented with options in a multiple-choice format.

a) “That question is a paradox. You’ll never touch me because of my cat-like reflexes.”

b) “Sue you for everything you own including the clothes off your back”

c) “Take it out on your quarterback when I’m blitzing off his blind side.”

d) “Introduce you to my good friends, Lefty and Righty.”

Has everyone submitted their answers? This is how Baker responded, via The Draft Wire.

“To me, being from Cleveland, my natural reaction was, ‘Coach, no disrespect but if you punch me in the face, we’re gonna fight right here.’ That was just my natural response. I guess that’s what he wanted to hear, because he said, “Good.” It was definitely a fun interview. I didn’t get asked too many weird questions.”

Baker obviously chose D, but if the coach was delighted by his answer what was the wrong answer? This is one of the NFL’s more frivolous gotcha questions, but it makes one realize why some teams flail more than others if they’re harping on these peculiar and immaterial questions.

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