The NFL Draft and The Wonderlic Test

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Now, here’s a strange name for a very important test!

Every year at the NFL Combine, draft prospects learn that there’s nothing wonderful about taking the Wonderlick test – that mandatory and daunting exam with a funny sounding & highly intimidating name.

That’s because potential NFL players can’t possibly prepare for the Wonderlic’s 12 minute, 50 multiple choice questions.

Similar to college SAT exams, the Wonderlic test focuses on math, vocabulary and cognitive reasoning skills….and, ironically, poses no questions having anything whatsoever to do with football.

Pro prospects might be able to show off their strength in the weight room.

They can demonstrate their athletic ability in the 3 cone agility drill.

And, they may be able to wow scouts with a killer 40 yard dash time and an impressive broad jump.

But, acing the feared Wonderlic cognitive reasoning test is about as unlikely as the Jacksonville Jaguars making the playoffs or new Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan keeping his mouth shout.

That’s right – it’s just NOT going to happen! Because…

…acing the Wonderlic is probably harder than blocking JJ Watt one on one or tackling DeMarco Murray in the open field.

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History shows that Harvard grad Pat McInally posted the only perfect score of 50 at the 1998 NFL Combine.

McInally’s perfect score is totally impressive considering cerebral NFL quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson recorded much lower scores of 30, 28 and 27.

The Wonderlic test is supposed to judge aptitude and determine how well a player can follow instructions.

Well, knowing this, former Tennessee Titans’ QB Vince Young must not be able to find his way home from his own driveway. He purportedly scored a 6, yes, a 6 on a test that recognizes a 20 as an average score and a 10 as being barely literate.

So, during this year’s NFL Draft, let’s see how much emphasis coaches, GM’s and player personnel executives place on a prospect’s Wonderlic score.

If you ask me, if a draft prospect can run, pass, catch, block or tackle, my guess is little, very little.

Remember, Vince Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Enough said!

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