The legend of Johnny Manziel looks like it will receive another boost in the aftermath of his Wonderlic test.
Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 in Houston and John Middlekauff, a former NFL scout, both filled fans in on reports about Manziel’s Wonderlic score with the NFL draft quickly approaching:
Heard from a couple of teams that wonderlic score for Manziel was "north of 30". If you are into those kinds of things.... & you may not be— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 10, 2014
I've been told Johnny Football had the highest wonderlic test of all the top QB's in this years draft— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 10, 2014
NFL.com's Albert Breer adds more on Manziel's reported score:
At the combine, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel rang up an impressive score of 32 on the Wonderlic, I'm told. Should help his cause.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 11, 2014
And as for the other two quarterbacks there with Manziel -- Blake Bortles scored a 28 and Teddy Bridgewater scored a 20.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 11, 2014
However, Breer pointed out that Manziel wasn't the highest scoring of all quarterbacks:
Manziel's Wonderlic score of 32 wasn't the highest of any QB at this year's combine, however. Cornell QB Jeff Matthews scored a 40.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 11, 2014
The NFL Network analyst also added his own insight on the score:
Not saying it changes everything for Manziel. But he's been thoroughly prepared for every step of the draft process. That helps his stock.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 11, 2014
The Wonderlic consists of 50 questions that are fairly generic in nature and must be answered in 12 minutes. The time component certainly puts some added pressure on the exercise, which is one reason why teams and front offices are especially interested in how quarterbacks perform on the test.
After all, they are the ones who must make split-second decisions in the pocket come game day.
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For context, some of the highest Wonderlic scores in combine history came from the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard), Benjamin Watson (Georgia), Alex Smith (Utah) and Matt Leinart (USC). Fitzpatrick and Watson both registered a 48, while Smith scored a 40 and Leinart a 35.
It was perhaps Vince Young who turned in the most infamous Wonderlic test of the modern draft era. The Texas product reportedly registered a six out of 50 on the test.
Looking forward, how Manziel’s impressive Wonderlic score will impact his draft status is the obvious question.
He showed scouts during his Texas A&M career that he can make plays with both his feet and arm. He often saved his best performances for the clutch moments (see his bowl games against Oklahoma and Duke and his two contests against Alabama), and now teams know he can ace this test as well.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach told the NFL Network that he believes Manziel should be drafted No. 1, via NFL.com's Mike Huguenin: “I just think there’s something about this kid. (Manziel) is a Russell Wilson-type player. He doesn’t have the height, he has a strong arm, he throws with accuracy.”
Whether the Wonderlic test will help Manziel’s cause at the draft remains to be seen.