Why is the Wonderlic Test important in the NFL?







The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. It consists of  50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.  The test was developed by Eldon F. Wonderlic.  The score is calculated as the number of correct answers given in the allotted time.  A score of 20 is intended to indicate average intelligence.

Football is a game in which two opposing teams of 11 players each defend goals at opposite ends of the field having goal posts at each end, with points being scored chiefly by carrying the ball across the opponent’s goal line and by place-kicking or drop-kicking the ball over the crossbar between the opponent’s goal posts.

Now, since I gave you the definitions of both the Wonderlic Test and football, can someone please explain to me what is the connection between the two?  Why is it important for NFL prospects to take the Wonderlic Test and why commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t put down a policy to discipline individuals/groups who leak scores to the public?  He put his heavy hand down on everything else!

A report came out stating that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test.  Claiborne, a junior entered the draft after being named an All-American as a junior; he is considered as the top cornerback in the draft and fourth-best prospect overall.

Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Harvard-educated alum, took the test in 2005 and got one question wrong.  His score was one of the highest ever recorded by an NFL Draft prospect.  He was asked was the Wonderlic a good indicator of how a player will perform at the next level?  He just laughed.  Fitzpatrick said that although he could see the potential connection between answering 50 questions against a ticking clock in a classroom and being able to process information at a rapid pace on the field, he wouldn’t read too much into a prospect’s test scores.  “Dan Marino has a low score when he took it, right?” He asked.  “I think his career turned out just fine.

That’s the point, Marino was a great Hall of Fame QB and he had a low test score.  The top cornerback of the 2011 draft, Patrick Peterson (also from LSU), scored a 9 on the test and was still drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals and had a hell of a rookie year. WR A.J. Green scored a 10 on the test and ended up a first-round pick and had a great rookie year.  Other low-score testers were Percy Harvin (14) and Hakeem Nick (11).  Claiborne wasn’t the first to score low on the test, and unfortunately, will not be the last.

Claiborne is known as a soft-spoken young man who is a good individual coming out of Shreveport, LA.  He also has a learning disability. When he was recruited by major universities in high school it was clear that he would need academic advisors and assistance in the classroom once he selected a school.  When attending LSU, Morris utilized all of the academic resources that was available to him and succeeded through his three years at the school.

So instead of praising him for his accomplishments to stay academically eligible in college, he’s been getting blasted on the internet for scoring single digits on the test that has nothing to do with the job on the football field.  He seems to be taking it in stride, but that is an obstacle that could have been avoided and should have been avoided because the NFL rules prohibit officials from disclosing the results, so how come nothing happens to the people or groups that leak out this information?  If you’re going to hold prospects responsible and have them honor their end of the bargain, you should hold the individuals/groups responsible for the leaks that go public.

NFL Commissioner  Roger Goodell is known for forcing his will on the league to implement an increase in the security and purity of the game; he has done everything from throwing fines and suspensions at players who go against his rules that try and make the game safer to where we are now with the Bountygate fiasco and how he is severely punishing the New Orleans Saints.  As I am typing this blog, Goodell sent a memo Thursday to all 32 teams threatening “significant discipline” to anyone caught leaking confidential information gathered on draft prospects to the public.  I guess better late than never.

The test doesn’t mean anything when it comes to playing professional football; all you need to see is what was going on on college.  You know if a player can “process information at a rapid pace” by all the headlines he produce and awards he get from his actions on the gridiron. Like I said in a tweet after the Claiborne test score came out….

 I don’t care if Claiborne scored a 4 out of 50 on the Wonderlic, All I want to know is can he #SHUTDOWN?


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