It feels like ages ago that the Wonderlic test was bandied about in serious discussions about whether a top NFL Draft prospect can “make it” in the pros, or at the very least whether it hurts his draft stock. Vince Young has had his score pointed at in retrospective criticism, while Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio stirred a fair amount of debate over the merits of publishing Morris Claiborne‘s low score last year.
The general perception of its true value seems to have sunk in recent years as tones of concern have quickly turned into wisecracking. As CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel put it, “Someday NFL prospects will boycott the Wonderlic. Doesn’t impact draft. Does lead to jokes.” His column also notes that a series of studies found the Wonderlic test has no bearing in pretty much anything important: NFL performance or draft position.
This makes sense as, logically, standardized tests present an extremely flawed and incomplete way of gauging anyone for real-world performance, let alone playing the sport of football. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn opined on the leaked Wonderlic scores of West Virginia‘s Tavon Austin and Tennessee receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, which quickly drew the ire of Twitter:
If you think Wonderlic scores matter for a wide receiver, remember that AJ Green scored a 10.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 18, 2013
Tavon Austin got a seven on the Wonderlic because TOUCHDOWN.
— edsbs (@edsbs) April 18, 2013
We’re officially out of the Wonderlic business wp.me/p14QSB-8l9F
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 18, 2013