Do Wonderlic Scores Matter?
The Wonderlic is an IQ testÂ that includesÂ 50 questions.Â Players have just 12 minutes to take it, and most don’t finish.Â There has already been a ton of talk as to the merits of the wonderlic testing andÂ how highly anÂ NFL prospect scores but does it really matter?
Each year, about 2.5 million job applicants, in every line of work, take the Wonderlic.Â The average NFLÂ Prospect scoresÂ roughly the same as the average applicant for any other job, a 21. A 20 indicates the test-taker has an IQ of 100, which is average.
One of the most notorious scores in NFL history is that of former Texas Longhorn quarterback Vince Young who had 15 questions correct on his second try, after managing only 6 correct in his first attempt.Â Alex Smith had a very high score of 40 back in 1999 but both he and Young have had disastrous careers thus far in which they’ve been rightfully labeled “busts”.
Just to be fair though, we’ve included some of the more notable scores from the guys who might be on your fantasy roster in 2009…
QBs: Matthew StaffordÂ stole the show againÂ scoring 38, USC’s Mark Sanchez scored 28, and Kansas State’s Josh Freeman 27.Â Good to know none of the top tier QBs are dumb.
WRs: Jeremy Maclinof Missouri is one of my favorite athletes in this draft and it turns out he actually has a brain to go with his super sonic speed, as he turned inÂ a score of 25 correct.Â Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree scored 15, Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland scored 14, Florida’s Percy Harvin scored 12 and Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina scored 11.Â Â The results of Harvin’s scores could indicate a slow start to the 2009 season, as he is already projected to have a steep learning curve.
OTs:Â Â I think everyone expected Alabama’s Andre Smithto score terrible in the Wonderlic but heÂ scored a 17, which is respectable considering his decision making thus far.Â Arizona’s Eben Britton lead the way with 31 correct, Eugene Monroe of Virginia had 24, Jason Smith of Baylor 23, and Michael Oher of Mississippi 19.
LBs:Â The 3 USC Linebackers are the talk of scouts and the wonderlic didn’t change that.Â Clay Matthews scored 27, Brian Cushing 23, and Rey Maualugaonly scored15.Â Maualuga’s score could hurt his draft stock, as he’s projected to play middle linebacker who will be responcible for calling all the plays in the huddle.
DBs:Â Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes continues to impress me.Â Not onlyÂ is he a solid wrap up tackler but he’s obviously a smart person, as he turned in aÂ score ofÂ 41 correct.
Only time will tell how these players compare to each other but one thing is for sure.Â The answers to these Wonderlic questions aren’t the end of the world and they ultimately don’t hinder a players career as a result of a poor score.