Wonderlic test is crucial in evaluating quarterbacks
By Michael Pallas
The Wonderlic test results came out this week, and it’s a crucial part of evaluating the quarterback position in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Most fans will roll their eyes and scoff at Wonderlic test results, but for the quarterback position, it’s a very important draft tool in the 2017 NFL Draft. It’s very simple.
It’s not just some simple IQ test to judge someone’s ability to test on simple questions. Some of the questions may have simple conclusions, but it’s not the ease of the questions that is key to this test.
You have to answer 50 questions in 12 minutes. According to the website Test Prep Review, here’s a sample question:
John is a mechanic. He makes $8.50 an hour, plus $3 extra for every oil change he performs. Last week he worked 36 hours and performed 17 oil changes. How much money did he make?
Coming to the conclusive answer of $357 isn’t necessarily the point of this exercise, especially for quarterbacks. It’s about thinking quickly under the pressure of a time limit.
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All of this year’s top quarterbacks scored a 20, which is considered average. According to Pro Football Talk, the top five scores belonged to Brad Kaaya (34), Nathan Peterman (33), Trevor Knight (30), Joshua Dobbs (29) and Deshone Kizer (28).
Performing well on this shows you can handle the pressure of the time crunch. That means it’s not a small factor in judging a quarterback.
An evaluator must piece it together with the other evidence, like arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. The ability to think well under the pressure of time is more crucial as being able to scan a defense, because of the limited time you actually have to decipher what you are reading in the defense.