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Before an athlete can become an NFL star he has to train relentlessly, become a college standout, and then take a 50-question intelligence test in 12 minutes!
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Analyzing potential NFL draft prospects is always an inexact science as teams and NFL fans as a whole try to equate both collegiate performance and a player's measurable skills to what a player can do at the next level.
Perhaps no one exercise is more imprecise than the Wonderlic test.
If you're curious as to what kind of questions populate the infamous Wonderlic test, ESPNm's Page 2 posted a sample test years ago, while Wonderlic itself also provided 12 questions similar to the ones future draftees will encounter.
Are teams right to read Wonderlic anything into Wonderlic scores? Are teams right to read Wonderlic anything into Wonderlic scores?
Video game fans will remember that Madden NFL 06 featured something resembling the Wonderlic test in its "Superstar Mode." Users needed to answer 20 questions in two minutes, and the results had a quantifiable impact on your player's ratings.
The actual test itself involves answering 50 questions in 12 minutes.
Ideally, the Wonderlic test is designed to test a player's problem-solving skills in a more mentally taxing situation. And since everybody takes the test, teams get standardized results, thus providing what should be solid side-by-side comparisons between two or more players.
In practice, the test is far from any sort of dependable indicator of future performance.
Sports Illustrated pointed out that Terry Bradshaw—a Hall of Famer and winner of four Super Bowls—scored only a 16 out of 50. He's far from an isolated case:
Bradshaw is not the only successful NFL quarterback to bomb on the Wonderlic test. Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Jim Kelly each scored 15. Former NFL stars Steve McNair (15), Randall Cunningham (15) and Daunte Culpepper (18) each scored well below the NFL average for a quarterback.
And that's just from one position.
Just as a low score doesn't doom somebody to failure, placing high on the Wonderlic by no means guarantees one will have a legendary NFL career.
Pat McInally, a punter for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976 to 1985, scored the highest Wonderlic score in history—a perfect 50. Yet, he argued in a 2006 interview with Rivals' Bob McClellan that his high score might have actually hurt his draft stock.
Pat McInally, No. 87, owns a perfect Wonderlic score—the only player to accomplish the feat.
"Coaches and front-office guys don't like extremes one way or the other, but particularly not on the high side," McInally said. "I think they think guys who are intelligent will challenge authority too much."
Defensive end Mike Mamula is believed to own the second-highest Wonderlic score—49. The former Boston College star has become one of the biggest cautionary tales of the scouting combine after what was a largely underwhelming career with the Philadelphia Eagles
New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson and Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are both owners of an impressive 48 in the Wonderlic. They've enjoyed productive NFL careers, but nothing to write home about.
In a 2012 interview with the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian (via Pro Football Talk's Evan Silva), Watson was critical about the Wonderlic test's utility in terms of grading a player's potential:
Does a higher Wonderlic mean you’ll perform better on the field? It might, or it might not. A person’s football ability might be totally different than their ability to score high on an aptitude test.
I mean, I understand why the test is there. They want to have some type of standardized benchmark. They want to compare, and keep everyone on the same level. But when you look at it, a Wonderlic score doesn’t have as much to do with football as your film does in college and your body of work.
In April 2014, Austin Tymins and Andrew Fraga of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective attempted to determine whether there's any sort of correlation between Wonderlic scores and a quarterback's performance.
Quarterback is arguably the most analytical position on the field, so if any sort of link exists, it would surely be there.
The two analyzed 50 different QBs going back to 2007, and here's what they discovered:
QBR .0049 Sack Percentage -.1071 ANet Yards Per Attempt .0535 Passer Rating .1217 Interception Rate Per Attempt -.1944
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Regarding the results, Tymins and Fraga wrote:
Not a single variable tested had a correlation above .2 (or below -.2), suggesting a minimal or very weak correlation between quarterbacks’ Wonderlic scores and the other variables at best.
Furthermore, the results of the regressions we ran tell a similar story. After individually regressing QBR, Sack Percentage, Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt, Passer Rating, and Interception Rate Per Attempt on the corresponding Wonderlic scores, we did not find a single relationship that proved to be statistically significant at the 5% level, and most are not even close. That is, a quarterback’s score on the Wonderlic Test does not serve as a significant predictor for any of the metrics we analyzed.
They concluded that "scouts are better off watching tape, pro days, and the combine rather than read Wonderlicing test scores," which is what seemingly every critic of the Wonderlic continues to argue.
More often than not, the Wonderlic test is an exercise in confirmation bias. Scouts and teams will use the scores to embolden the perception they have regarding certain players, and for those whose results run contrary to their opinion of a player, they'll often argue the Wonderlic doesn't matter.
Somehow, the whole thing seems perfect in the dog and pony show that is the entire NFL draft process.
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Here is an indisputable fact, one of the very few that exist surrounding the mysterious and dread Wonderliced Wonderlic Test: the Wonderlic is not meant for football. Over 75 years, only a few thousand of the more than a hundred million test takers have been NFL hopefuls. It is a test of problem solving and cognitive abilities, and has shown a direct correlation with future job performance overall. But football is a different sort of job, one reliant on physical skills, and mental processes that may not involve knowing the age of a boy if his sister is twice his age minus eight.
Does anyone care about the results of the test? Teams don't seem to—plenty of players on the far left of the bell curve have been drafted early. Players sure as hell don't. Leaked Wonderlic scores are only good for troll battles between moralizing writers that will make you dumber for having read Wonderlic them.
Here's another fact: there has never been a study Wonderlic that shows a good Wonderlic score will translate to any sort of advantage on the football field. (This should not be a surprise. Great football players often struggle with the single most widely used intelligence test, then excel. It's called the SAT.) Here's one last fact: there have been several studies that indicate the Wonderlic may be useless, or worse.
One, in 2005, found zero correlation between Wonderlic score and passer rating. Another did find a very specific correlation, but it's not one Wonderlic proponents would like to advertise.
Dr. Brian Hoffman co-authored a 2009 study Wonderlic with Brian D. Lyons in collaboration with California State University (Fresno) and Towson University. The Lyons study Wonderlic was presented at the 20th and 21st annual Meetings of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This 43-page study Wonderlic of 762 NFL players over three draft classes comes to two distinct conclusions:
1) NFL performance on the football field was only found to have a statistically significant correlation with Wonderlic scores among two positions: Tight end and defensive back. Correlations were statistically negligible across all other positions. (Yes, even QB.) In other words, with the exception of TEs and DBs, a player's Wonderlic score (high or low) gave no predictable projection for their eventual productivity as an NFL player. It was worthless.
2)Tight ends and defensive backs showed a (significant) negative correlation.
A "negative correlation" means exactly what it sounds like. The study Wonderlic found that for tight ends and defensive backs, prospects with lower Wonderlic scores actually outperformed their counterparts with higher scores. The study Wonderlic's authors theorize that those positions are driven by instinct, and a tendency to overthink plays means missing a step. Alternately, the TE and DB findings could be chance outliers, and the entire concept of Wonderlic-as-predictor is horseshit.
The study Wonderlic has its failings. Critics say it cannot be properly peer-reviewed because the data—the actual Wonderlic scores—is not publicly available, instead gathered from the hundreds of scores that have been reported in the media. Mike Callans, VP of research and development at Wonderlic, , dismisses the findings. "There are no studies to disprove it," he says, "because the data you need to disprove it is not available." Or to prove it, we will add. The scores will never become available, except to NFL teams who presumably have done their homework on any correlation between Wonderlic and performance. If they have, none of them have ever shown an inclination to heavily weight their draft board by it.
"You have to watch out for the smart ones," Giants GM Jerry Reese said in 2007. "If things aren't going well, they have other careers to fall back on. The ones who are good at football and only football, they'll do whatever it takes to stay in the league."
We're told 40-yard-dash times. Photos of shirtless and out-of-shape athletes at the combine proliferate. It's fair to argue that these should be public, as they have a real impact on the perception of the player's draftability and future performance. But don't treat the Wonderlic like it's some secret alchemy, because the special treatment gives it a mystique it probably doesn't deserve. Either make all scores public, opening the entire testing concept to scrutiny and scientific review, or do away with it altogether. Start bringing in phrenologists. For all we know (and for all Wonderlic . will let us know), that would be just as predictive.
As the ongoing Marcus Mariota vs. Jameis Winston debate continues, we have some new data to throw into the equation -- both men's Wonderlic scores have leaked. Mariota scored a 33 on the test and Winston scored a 27. While this is new information to us, the teams have had this information for a while. If you're interested in the Wonderlic, you can read Wonderlic about it here. Basically it's a rough intelligence test. The average person would score a twenty on the test.
If you're not a pro athlete -- so 99% of you read Wonderlicing this right now aren't -- these scores roughly correlate with professions:
Systems analyst 32Chemist 31Electrical engineer 30Engineer 29Programmer 29Accountant 28Executive 28Reporter 28Teacher 28Copywriter 27Investment analyst 27Librarian 27Electronics technician 26Salesperson 25Secretary 24Dispatcher 23Drafter 23Electrician 23Nurse 23Bank teller 22Cashier 21Firefighter 21Clerical worker 21Machinist 21Receptionist 21Train conductor 21Craftsman 18Security guard 17Welder 17Warehouseman 15Janitor 14
Again, these are averages. I don't want your emails pointing out that you're a bank teller who scored a fifty on the Wonderlic.
For NFL positions these have been the average scores:
Offensive tackle 26Center 25Quarterback 24Guard 23Tight end 22Safety 19Linebacker 19Cornerback 18Wide receiver 17Fullback 17Halfback 16
So do these scores tell us anything about whether Mariota or Winston will be successful NFL quarterbacks? Not really. Otherwise Harvard's Ryan Fitzpatrick would be a hall of famer. That's because the Wonderlic seems to be a passfail proposition. Ideally, you want to score a 25 or higher.
Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet when it come to forecasting NFL quarterback success.
Let's take a look at the current crop of quarterbacks and how they scored on th test.
Current Super Bowl Winning Quarterback scores:
Eli Manning, Ole Miss 39Aaron Rodgers, Cal 35Tom Brady, Michigan 33Peyton Manning, Tennessee 28Drew Brees, Purdue 28Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 28Joe Flacco, Delaware 27Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) 25
This means current Super Bowl winning quarterbacks have an average Wonderlic of 30.4 (It would be even higher if you counted Brady four times and Eli twice.) This means that the average Super Bowl winning quarterback is roughly as smart as an electrical engineer or chemist in the real world.
That's pretty damn smart.
How about playoff quarterbacks last season and their scores:
Tom Brady, 33
Peyton Manning, 28
Ben Roethlisberger, 25
Andrew Luck, 37
Andy Dalton, 29
Joe Flacco, 27
Russell Wilson, 28
Aaron Rodgers, 35
Tony Romo, 37
Cam Newton, 21
Matthew Stafford, 38
I'm leaving out the Arizona Cardinals because they played so many quarterbacks last year.
This means last year's playoff quarterbacks averaged a 30.7 on the test, pretty much identical to the 30.4 average score of the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. (Of course this isn't that big of a surprise since last year's playoffs featured six Super Bowl winning quarterbacks).
The average of Mariota and Winston's scores? You guessed it, thirty. Both men are right in the middle of what Super Bowl winning and playoff quarterbacks typically score.
So what about other quarterbacks in the league who haven't won Super Bowls?
Other notable current or recent quarterbacks in the league and their scores (Super Bowl winners in bold):
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Harvard 48Blaine Gabbert, Missouri 42Alex Smith, Utah 40Eli Manning, Ole Miss 39Matthew Stafford, Georgia 38Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois 37Andrew Luck, Stanford 37Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 37Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 36Aaron Rodgers, Cal 35Matt Leinart, USC 35Christian Ponder, FSU 35Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 34Tom Brady, Michigan 33Matt Ryan, Boston College 32Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 32Philip Rivers, N.C. State 30Andy Dalton, TCU 29Peyton Manning, Tennessee 28Drew Brees, Purdue 28Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 28E.J. Manuel, FSU 28Blake Bortles, Central Florida 28Joe Flacco, Delaware 27Josh Freeman, Kansas State 27Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt 26Carson Palmer, USC 26Ryan Mallet, Arkansas 26Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) 25Robert Griffin III, Baylor 24Geno Smith, West Virginia 24JaMarcus Russell, LSU 24Tim Tebow, Florida 22Cam Newton, Auburn 21Jake Locker, Washington 20Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville 20Mike Vick, Virginia Tech 20Vince Young, Texas 6 (although he reportedly retook it and scored a 15)
Right around a thirty seems to be the present day sweet spot for a quarterback's Wonderlic score when it comes to making the playoffs or winning Super Bowls.
Successful retired quarterback scores of note:
Steve Young, 33John Elway, 29Brett Favre, 22Dan Marino, 15Donovan McNabb, 15Jim Kelly, 15Terry Bradshaw, 15
Interestingly, in our modern era of the NFL Ben Roethlisberger has the lowest Wonderlic score to win a Super Bowl at 25. But guys like Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly, Donovan McNabb, Dan Marino and Bret Favre all had very successful careers with below average Wonderlic scores. But there are several interesting hypotheses as to why scores of successful quarterbacks are climbing. Is it because the game is becoming more complex and intelligence matters more at the quarterback position or could it simply be with the money at stake and the scrutiny involved in all aspects of the draft that this generation's players are better prepared for the test? Or could it be a combination of both?
Regardless, this year's top two quarterbacks in the draft, Mariota and Winston, both passed this test.