NFL Draft: The Annual Drama of the Wonderlic Test

Paul SalmanSenior Analyst IApril 25, 2008

It's that time of year again! With Mario Manningham reportedly scoring a whopping 6 out of 50, I am reminded of the fun that is the Wonderlic. Here is a link to a sample test.

You'll have 2 minutes to answer 9 simple questions. I got 9 out of 9 in 90 seconds. Now I know I didn't run the 40 and have to do any reps on the bench right before I took the test but I am pretty sure I would still get at least 7 of them right. Project that out to a 50 question exam and that is about 38-39 right. There is no excuse for anyone scoring under a 10.

Looking at the list below, quarterbacks drafted since 2000, you can see that those who scored under 25 (under 50%) usually do not succeed.


2006:

Matt Leinart, USC - 35
Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson - 33
Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt - 26
Kellen Clemens, Oregon - 26
Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo - 19
Vince Young, Texas - 6, 16
Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech - 11

2005:
Ryan Fitzpatick, Harvard - 37, 38, 50
Alex Smith, Utah - 40
Aaron Rodgers, Cal - 39
Jason Campbell, Auburn - 14, 27, 28
Charlie Frye, Akron - 28, 38
Andrew Walter, Arizona State - 31
Kyle Orton, Purdue - 25, 27
Chris Rix, Florida State - 22, 26
Brock Berlin, Miami - 13

2004:
Eli Manning, Ole Miss - 39
Craig Krenzel, Ohio State - 38
J.P. Losman, Tulane - 31, 14
Philip Rivers, N.C. State - 30
Matt Schaub, Virginia - 30
Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) - 25
Jim Sorgi, Wisconsin - 14

2003:
Drew Henson, Michigan - 42
Tony Romo, Eastern Illinois - 30
Rex Grossman, Florida - 29
Kyle Boller, Cal - 27
Carson Palmer, USC - 26
Byron Leftwich, Marshall - 25
Chris Simms, Texas - 22
Seneca Wallace, Iowa State - 12

2002:
Joey Harrington, Oregon - 32
Patrick Ramsey, Tulane - 32
David Carr, Fresno State - 24
David Garrard, East Carolina - 14

2001:
Sage Rosenfels, Iowa State - 32
Jesse Palmer, Florida - 32
Quincy Carter, Georgia - 30
Chris Wenke, Florida State - 29
Drew Brees, Purdue - 28
Michael Vick, Virginia Tech - 20
A.J. Feeley, Oregon - 19

2000:
Tom Brady, Michigan - 33
Marc Bulger, West Virginia - 29
Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech - 27
Chad Pennington, Marshall - 25
Tee Martin, Tennessee - 11

List taken from - http://sportsyenta.blogspot.com/

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