The Wonderlic is a 12 minute 50 question IQ test used by various employers, including the National Football League ever since Tom Landry, famous coach of the Dallas Cowboys, decided it would be useful to know IQs of potential draft selections.
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Jordan Heck @jordanheckff Updated at 9:02 a.m. ET
The Combine is a huge part of the NFL Draft process for prospects, and in addition to position drills and basic athletic testing, prospects are asked to take the Wonderlic test. The scores of these tests are supposed to remain private, but every year some of them get leaked.
This year, most of the quarterback scores have been made public by former NFL scout John Middlekauff. He listed off the scores on a recent Fox Sports Radio podcast appearance on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd.”
Here’s what he claims are the scores:
Wonderlic scores for 2018 QBs
Josh Allen: 37
Josh Rosen: 29
Sam Darnold: 28
Baker Mayfield: 25
Lamar Jackson: 13
Typically, a score of 21 equates to a 100 IQ, with each additional question right equal to two more IQ points. So Wyoming QB Josh Allen’s 37 equates to 100+((37-21)*2) = 132.
There is a modest amount of evidence that some players’ agents have hacked the Wonderlic system in the past, such as one quarterback who went from a 90 IQ to a 136 IQ between the first and second times he took the test.
Interestingly, Mayfield of Oklahoma, scored highest among these five on a new Athletic Intelligence Quotient test that two researchers are promoting as being finetuned for NFL football players.
An early meeting at the 2005 Green Bay training camp between rookie quarterback Aaron Rodgers and veteran quarterback Brett Favre:
“And then, you know, Rodgers, he was just a young, cocky kid. Like they’re at a meeting one day and Rodgers says, ‘Hey Brett, what was your Wonderlic score?’ And Favre goes, ‘I don’t know.’ And Rodgers goes, ‘Oh no, I do. It was a 22. I got a 35.’ His stuff didn’t go over well.”