Raiders coach Jon Gruden hasn’t always delivered wins, but he certainly makes the team more interesting with the never-ending one-liners that made him such a popular fixture in the Monday Night Football booth.
While out at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week in Indianapolis, Gruden — who possesses two first-round picks in this year’s draft — was on hand to get a glimpse of the next wave of talent set to join the league next season.
Jeff Okudah, a cornerback from Ohio State who many consider a consensus top-10 selection, recounted an interaction with Gruden that left the defensive back impressed.
«I’m talking football with Jon Gruden, and he says ‘Hey man, are you from planet Earth?’ » said Okudah (h/t NFL.com). «It’s crazy to think about that because he’s someone who’s been around some great football minds. For him to say that, I was like (to myself) ‘You’re here, man.’ «
NBC Sports Bay Area’s most recent mock draft doesn’t have Okudah being available anywhere close to the Raiders’ No. 12 pick, and Las Vegas did select a defensive back in the first round last season in Johnathan Abram.
But with Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock at the helm of the Raiders, anything is possible.
Raiders’ Jon Gruden hits top NFL draft prospect with hilarious question originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area