Darren McFadden: Wonder If The Wonderlic Is a Good Predictor

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMarch 7, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders looks for running room during a second quarter run while playing the Pittsburgh Steelrs on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Now that Justin Fargas is gone, the media and others believe that Darren McFadden will share playing time with Michael Bush since Tom Cable may use a two-back rotation.

Darren McFadden was a No. 4 pick of the 2008 NFL draft. Injuries slowed him down during last season, but it is believed that he has the potential of becoming an outstanding Oakland Raider.

McFadden has a number of indicators of great potential, including a Wonderlic score of 17. Before any of us make a judgement about a score of 17 on the 12 minute, 50 question Wonderlic Test, it is suggested that you take it and compare your score with McFadden's.

Here is a portion of the test.  The test is designed to test aptitude for learning and problem-solving.

Has anyone ever made a perfect score on the Wonderlic? Yes, Pat McInally scored 50, and Ryan Fitzpatrick scored 48 in nine minutes according to the research.

Now there is a formula for converting McFadden's Wonderlic score to an IQ score. Double the Wonderlic score and add 60 to get an IQ. If this measure is accurate and valid, then possibly McFadden's IQ would be 94, since (2 x 17) + 60 = 94.

Of course, I am cautious in the use of IQ scores because I know that hard work, drive and other things can make up for a so-called pen and paper test to measure aptitude.

One thing is clear: we need strong, smart men with a passion for winning to join the Oakland Raiders or to become more active on the playing field in 2010.

Here are numbers for McFadden before he became an Oakland Raider:

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′1¼″211 lb4.331.502.534.106.8635½ in.10′8″13 rep17

All values from NFL Combine except 20ss, 3-cone, and vertical leap from Arkansas Pro Day

McFadden was the 10th of 12 children. He is from Arkansas.

Some of the data during his career with the Oakland Raiders is listed, but there have been concerns that McFadden has not had enough playing time.

darren mcfadden

Let's hope that McFadden stays off of the injury reports, and that he gets the playing time so that he proves he is worth his weight in gold. In gold? Yeah, because McFadden is another Raider with a "fat" contract in the amount of about $60 million.

Here is a quote:

"McFadden performed well at Indianapolis , Indiana 's NFL Scouting Combine , and after being drafted, he eventually signed a contract worth $60 million with the Raiders, including $26 million in guaranteed money. Although he played infrequently as a rookie, receiving only 113 carries, fans and members of the media still praised McFadden's talents and abilities."

Go Raiders!



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