Wondering About The Wonderlic?

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Wondering About The Wonderlic?
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Yesterday the Wonderlic scores came out for the NFL Draft Class of 2009 and I feel like every year I am surprised at the horrible test scores of some players.

I remember Vince Young’s legendary “six″ that was reported when he was drafted in 2006.

So I did a little research and found out a little information about this test.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The test, which measures problem-solving ability, features 50 questions and a 12-minute time limit. Test-takers are given one point for each correct answer.”

A score of 20 is intended to indicate average intelligence. Which made me feel better when I found out that Joe Flacco scored a 27 on his Wonderlic test.

So what about this year’s class?

Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech scored 15, Darius Heyward-Bey of Maryland scored 14, Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina scored 11, and Jeremy Maclin of Missouri top the wide receivers with 25.

Maryland cornerback Kevin Barnes scored 41, Clay Matthews of USC scored 27, Mark Sanchez scored 28.

According to Paul Zimmerman, of the New Man’s Thinking Guide to Pro Football, the average scores for each position should be as follows:

  • Offensive tackle - 26
  • Center - 25
  • Quarterback - 24
  • Guard - 23
  • Tight end - 22
  • Safety - 19
  • Linebacker - 19
  • Cornerback - 18
  • Wide receiver - 17
  • Fullback - 17
  • Halfback - 16

According to Wonderlic, Inc., examples of scores from everyday professions include:

  • Chemist - 31
  • Programmer - 29
  • Journalist - 26
  • Sales - 24
  • Bank teller - 22
  • Clerical worker - 21
  • Security guard - 17
  • Warehouse - 15

I’ve never been a fan of standardized tests, but a guy that scores under a 10 scares me a little bit. What do you think?

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