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NFL team made draft prospect stare at water bottle

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Alex Butler
Kutztown University guard Jordan Morgan was challenged to a staring contest by an unnamed scout at the 2017 NFL scouting combine. Photo courtesy of KU Golden Bears/Instagram)
Kutztown University guard Jordan Morgan was challenged to a staring contest by an unnamed scout at the 2017 NFL scouting combine. Photo courtesy of KU Golden Bears/Instagram)

April 6 (UPI) -- One football franchise made an offensive lineman partake in a staring contest during the 2017 NFL scouting combine.

Kutztown University guard Jordan Morgan ran a 5.36 40-yard-dash and measured in at 6-foot, 3-inches, and 309 pounds at the combine, which took place from Feb. 28 through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Then things got weird.

Morgan, a four-year starter for the Bears was asked to hold a stare for as long as possible. He chose to target a water bottle for the peculiar challenge.

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"They were just getting to know me and what I knew about football," Morgan told pennlive.com. "The strangest thing I had asked of me at the combine was how long I could have my eyes open in a staring contest. I thought it was weird, but it's one of those things you don't question on the spot."

"I didn't blink at all. He told me I could stare at anything. I just focused on a water bottle. I don't know how long it was, but it was pretty long. My eyes were fogging up. I couldn't see after. He was just like, 'I got what I need. You can stop now.'"

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He had interviews with the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Morgan met with the New Orleans Saints at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He didn't say which team made him participate in the challenging gaze.

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NFL scouts are notorious for their strange questions and odd requests for the prospects. Former defensive end Austen Lane tweeted last year that a scout once asked him: "If you could kill someone and not get caught, would you?" He also said he was asked by a scout if he would murder someone with a gun or a knife.

The Cleveland Browns gave Indiana guard Dan Feeny a memory test using a deck of cards at this year's combine, according to mlive.com.

In 2010, Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland asked Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized for the question.

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