Every year at the NFL Scouting Combine, a big deal is made of the Wonderlic Test, an abbreviated IQ exam of only 50 questions. But just how important is the test, actually?
While many have questioned its accuracy, Charlie Wonderlic claims the test shouldn't be judged on its own, but rather as a complementary tool to gauging a player's mental readiness for the NFL (h/t Jeff Merron, ESPN.com):
What the score does is help match training methods with a player's ability. It could be a playbook—what is the best way to teach a player a play? On the field, the higher the IQ, the greater the ability to understand and handle contingencies and make sound decisions on the fly.
So, with that in mind, how mentally ready were some of the NFL's current stars upon entering the league?
Positional Wonderlic averages courtesy of Paul Zimmerman's The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football (h/t Merron, ESPN.com)