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April 18, 2013

Gettleman: Wonderlic test is an indicator

It's a week before the NFL draft, so you know what that means.

Leaked Wonderlic scores.

Each year intelligence and aptitude tests given to prospects at the NFL scouting combine come to light. Rarely do you hear about high scores, and almost always do you hear about the low scores.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that former West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, considered by many to be the top receiver in the draft, scored a 7 on the test. Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson posted an 11. 

What is the Wonderlic? According to the website it "measures a person’s ability to think, learn, solve problems and follow instructions – all critical traits a football player needs to have, particularly one coming into the NFL, where gameplay is much faster and decisions must be made in the blink of an eye.

"The Wonderlic test does not measure whether or not a potential player can read, spell, or do math; it doesn’t look at their motivation and their personality on or off field. There are other tests for those things."

There's a lot of debate about whether a Wonderlic score even matters. Here are a few sample questions from the test. As you can see, none of it has to do with running routes or reading a quaterback's eyes.

When asked how much stock he puts into Wonderlic scores, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman had this to say:

"The Wonderlic test score can be very deceiving, all right? It’s an intelligence test. And it’s also a reading test. If you don’t read well, you won’t score high, so you have to be very careful. It is somewhat of an indicator.

"If you have concerns about a guy’s learning, bring him in. (He) spends four hours with the coaches, they put him on the board, and you can make a better indication… an indicator of sorts.

"It’s just part of the process. You’re not going to draft a guy based on the Wonderlic test score or you’d be taking everybody out of the Ivy League. You’re not going to do it. It’s just part of the process."

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on April 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM | Permalink


I did most of those in my head and completed the whole thing in less than 4 minutes. I'm no genius.

Posted by: Zon | Apr 18, 2013 4:24:55 PM

Vince Young did really poorly on his. How'd that turn out.

Posted by: Sambo | Apr 18, 2013 4:34:11 PM

So Gettleman is saying he'd have never drafted Cam?

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 4:47:06 PM

I scored a 1. That means I'm perfect!

Posted by: marcjames | Apr 18, 2013 4:55:22 PM

Big Gulps? Big gulps of what?

Posted by: Swizzle52 | Apr 18, 2013 5:00:03 PM

anything but Cam Kool-aid

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 5:02:45 PM

@ big gulps

Nice try douche bag!

Cam scored a 21

Posted by: Clay | Apr 18, 2013 5:39:28 PM

I took it online and scored 47/50 in just over 5 minutes.

Posted by: Rev. C.F. Cleaver | Apr 18, 2013 6:04:00 PM

Cam got 21, "just above the 20 considered the bare minimum to play quarterback in the NFL"

This might explain why Cam struggles to read defenses......

JaMarcus Russell got a 24.

Posted by: big gulps | Apr 18, 2013 6:12:54 PM

This test is just another way for teams to dissect players before they invest a pile of money in them. I don't blame them for doing it but I still don't see how it makes a hill of beans, if you can play then you can play. If you grew up playing football, learning new plays shouldn't be that difficult. Some may learn slower than others but that is true in every walk of life, not just the NFL.

Posted by: Shane P | Apr 18, 2013 6:40:39 PM

Cam scored low on his test, but he does treat his pets well.

Posted by: Ron Mexico | Apr 18, 2013 6:53:13 PM

There are pretty accurate sample tests online…i took 3, in two I missed one, the other I missed two. Some NFL players are millionaire morons. I'm have my masters degree and Ill never sniff being a millionaire

Posted by: Dave | Apr 18, 2013 7:20:44 PM

and I realize the irony of me dissing players and mentioning my MBA while using improper grammar. karma.

Posted by: Dave | Apr 18, 2013 7:21:48 PM

to mr person,do you guys at the paper ever wonder why you have no comments on your articles? except for you i cant seem to be able to post anything. how about changing things up so its easier to post. some of the writers require a disquis account. i dont even know or care what that is.i still cant believe that your paper took out the forum section. big mistake . you lost a lot of readers.

Posted by: ray | Apr 18, 2013 9:20:27 PM

Thw wonderlic test doesn't measure heart and desire.

Posted by: Everette Brown | Apr 22, 2013 9:32:35 AM

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