Wonderlic Scores Are Meaningful. Kind of.

ESPN’s Chris Mortenson posted some of the Wonderlic scores for the quarterbacks* entering the NFL draft:

Alabama’s Greg McElroy: 43
Missouri’s Blain Gabbert: 42
Florida State’s Christian Ponder: 35
Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi: 30
TCU’s Andy Dalton: 29
Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett: 26
Auburn’s Cam Newton: 21
Washington’s Jake Locker: 20

Both Mortenson and NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert wonder what these scores mean.  The test is supposed to indicate a players mental aptitude for football but that’s certainly debatable.

Having said that, what these scores indicate to me is something totally different.  Now a days, agents supply players with plenty of information about this test.  A lot of practice takes place before a potential draftee goes in to take it.  In fact, I’ve heard rumors that many of them have the questions.  Certainly it is evident and that a player can significantly enhance his score through smart preparation.  And smart preparation is a large part of what the NFL is about, especially if you are a quarterback.

I’m not saying that this is a major indicator of NFL success nor do I think a Wonderlic score should play a huge role in taking a player off of a teams board.  But I look at those on the bottom of that list and I wonder just how much of what I see is a lack desire to do the little things to be the best you can be.  And if, as I suspect, it translates to the NFL, then teams need to take the score seriously.

*For those who are wondering, Jay Cutler scored a 26 in 2006.

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