2012 NFL Combine

2012 Wonderlic Scores: Why Fans Have No Reason to Worry About Test

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills walks off the field after throwing an interception against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Justin KeithCorrespondent IFebruary 26, 2012

The Wonderlic Test at the NFL Combine is essentially used to measure a player's intelligence and how they use their intelligence in certain situations.

This is one of the most useless tools to use when evaluating a potential NFL player.

To prove this point, the highest test scores ever were recorded by the following people; Pat McInally (50), Mike Mamula (reported 49), Ryan Fitzpatrick (48), Kevin Curtis (48) and Benjamin Watson (48).

Wait, no Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? No Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson?

What this means is that the Wonderlic Test doesn't determine how much talent a player has or what their potential is in the NFL.

Dan Marino, for example, scored a dismal 13 on the Wonderlic and we all know how he turned out.

Fans shouldn't look very hard at the test scores put up by the athletes at the 2012 Combine in Indianapolis, as they could still get a Hall of Fame potential player who just happens to be a terrible test taker.

Even the daughter of Eldon Wonderlic, the inventor of the test, wondered to Stephen Smith why the NFL uses it:

"The first time I heard they were using it, I had to laugh. The issue isn't whether or not to use the Wonderlic. It's: Don't say it tells you how a player is going to do, because it doesn't," said Kathly Kolbe.

Yes, perhaps the test could tell a team whether or not the player has the ability to understand complex schemes and plays, but ultimately won't determine how the player plays on the field.

ESPN.com outlined some sample questions from the Wonderlic and here is an example on what players will see when they sit down to take it:

In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of
type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using smaller
type, a page contains 2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a
magazine. How many pages must be in smaller type?

Study up, folks. If your next job decides to take an NFL-type route, you could be asked to take the Wonderlic when you walk into your next interview.

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