Report: Josh Allen, Josh Rosen Top Wonderlic Scores for 2018 NFL Draft QBs

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12:  Quarterback Josh Allen #17 of the Wyoming Cowboys throws against the UNLV Rebels during their game at Sam Boyd Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 69-66 in triple overtime.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen reportedly posted the best Wonderlic test score of the top available QBs in the 2018 NFL draft during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. 

John Middlekauff of The Athletic reported the leaked scores during an appearance on the Herd with Colin Cowherd podcast, per Jordan Heck of the Sporting News:

Josh Allen (Wyoming): 37

Josh Rosen (UCLA): 29

Sam Darnold (USC): 28

Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma): 25

Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 13

Although the numbers on each range of the spectrum—Allen at the top and Jackson at the bottom—are likely to generate plenty of attention, their actual meaning is unknown.

Edward Krupat, the Director of the Center for Evaluation at Harvard Medical School, wrote an essay for Sports Illustrated last March calling the Wonderlic "an outdated way of thinking about intelligence when it comes to predicting performance on the football field."

"Perhaps someday NFL talent evaluators will devise a better way of assessing intellect and emotion together, developing a metric that can be a valuable guide to predicting who will succeed and who will fail," Krupat wrote. "For now, however, measuring the elusive quality of football smarts remains the most imprecise of imprecise sciences."

Perhaps the results could tip the scales in Allen's favor if a team was having an internal debate between the Wyoming standout and Jackson. But the difference between the three quarterbacks in the middle of the scale on the 50-question exam is negligible.

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Their collegiate tape, performance at the combine and pro days, and the impression they make during individual visits with teams leading up to the draft will likely be much more influential.