The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, otherwise known as the Wonderlic, is a test that assesses a person’s problem-solving abilities. It is a test that the NFL administers on all prospective NFL Draft picks. This is to assess their aptitude.
To be successful in professional sports takes a lot more than simply athletic abilities. It requires quick thinking skills, another trait measured by the Wonderlic, because test-takers have only 12 minutes to answer 50 questions.
Paul Zimmerman wrote a book about the need for smarts in pro football. He researched the players’ results of the Wonderlic, finding that offensive tackles typically scored highest of all players, followed by centers and quarterbacks.
Teams do take the results of the Wonderlic into account when they draft players, especially when drafting quarterbacks. Quarterbacks like Peyton and Eli Manning both scored high on the test. Ryan Fitzpatrick scored one of the highest scores of any player in the history of the test.
Here are the nine players that have a good shot at scoring higher than others this year.