A Higher Wonderlic Score Equals a Better NFL Player Right? Not so Fast!

Recently it was reported that NFL prospect and LSU CB Morris Claiborne scored a 4 on his Wonderlic Test. The Wonderlic consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes and is used to assess the aptitude of a prospect. Generally speaking a score of 20 is about average.

Claiborne is projected to be a top 10 pick so now that his low score has been leaked, does his draft stock drop? In my opinion, I doubt he drops. Look I wouldn’t necessarily recommend employing Mr.Claiborne as your accountant, financial adviser or attorney but if you need someone to line up and get in the grill of a wide receiver on an opposing team, then he is more than qualified to do that for you.

Last year it was reported that LSU CB Patrick Peterson had a low score but he went on to have a pretty impressive rookie season for the Cardinals. Which only makes me wonder what the folks over at LSU are doing to keep their football players academically eligible? That’s another blog on another day.

Terry Bradshaw


Seems logical that playing on offense would require more aptitude than defense. And especially playing quarterback would require quick thinking and accurate decision making right? After all you are not only required to know the entire play book, you also need to know what each player does and even be able to read defenses. Quarterbacks need at least a 30 or more to succeed in the NFL you may assume. However it doesn’t appear to be that much of a predictor of success.

The Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard graduate, scored a 48 out of 50 which pretty much makes him an NFL genius. However he has been an average QB so far in his career. Then there was the Anti-Wonderlic poster child former Pittsburgh Steeler QB, Terry Bradshaw who only scored a 16. Let’s face it, Terry couldn’t count to 21 if you let him get undressed but he had an outstanding Super Bowl winning career with the Steelers. Helps more to have a cannon of an arm and a quick release evidently.

Former Washington Redskin quarterback and NFL analyst Joe Theismann said, “Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

That pretty much sums it up Joe. You have removed our concerns about the Wonderlic for sure.


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