Wonderlic Scores Leaked, Players Subsequently Scrutinized

Monday, March 23, 2009

I completely understand why someone in a specialized field like Chemistry or Engineering would have to take the Wonderlic Test, but I still have never really understood its application to the game of Football. Today, various media members are riffling through this year's set of scores, and scrutinizing those players who are on the bottom end. And while the scores ultimately don't really even matter, there is a slight problem for the NFL. Where did the leak come from?

PFT has the information, and it appears likely that a high-level official at an NFL team, is more than likely the culprit....

After Vince Young’s single-digit debacle made its way to this here joint three years ago, the league placed heavy restrictions on the dissemination of the information.

Per a league source, the NFL delivers the Wonderlic scores via hand-carried pouch to one person per team, usually the G.M., the team president, or the director of player personnel.

“The scores are kept separate and from all the other Combine data, which is sent to teams electronically via the Internet,” the source said. “There are no electronic files and only one hard copy per team.”

So, basically, Pompei’s source likely is someone who operates at a very high level with one of the teams — and who is willing to disregard the league’s clear directive to keep the information secret. (Alternatively, someone who operates at a very high level with one of the teams has not safeguarded the information, allowing someone at a lower level to get their mitts on the numbers. Or, possibly, the leaker is employed by the league office or the Combine.)
Again, I find it hard to believe a team wouldn't draft say Darius Heyward-Bey (who ran a 4.24 40-yard dash at the Combine), because he couldn't figure out a problem on fractions. But, I could be wrong. Here are some of the notable, leaked scores in case you want to compare your result from the test....

Matthew Stafford- 38
Mark Sanchez- 28
Josh Freeman- 27
Michael Crabtree- 15
Darrius Heyward-Bey- 14
Percy Harvin- 12
Hakeem Nicks- 11
Jeremy Maclin- 25
Andre Smith- 17
Eben Britton- 31
Eugene Monroe- 24
Jason Smith- 23
Michael Oher- 19
Clay Matthews- 21
Brian Cushing- 23
Rey Maualuga- 15
Kevin Barnes- 41
Louis Delmas- 12

Wonderlic Leak Could Come From Only A Narrow Group Of Sources (Pro Football Talk)
Georgia's Matthew Stafford stands out with NFL Wonderlic score (Chicago Tribune)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 11:29 AM


After Andre Smith's epic workout performances, I'm surprised that his score was a positive number.

GMoney said...
Mar 23, 2009, 1:26:00 PM  
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Mar 23, 2009, 2:17:00 PM  

Jason Smith- 23

Colin Cowherd has sued to prevent the release of his score before he re-takes the test.

/bad joke'd

Mar 23, 2009, 2:22:00 PM  

The college football story of the weekend was the Stafford got a 38, but no one mentioned that Barnes had three more points.


Bazooka Jones said...
Mar 23, 2009, 2:37:00 PM  

That's a little worrisome though, to see a guy score a 12 ... a 12. I've never scored worse than a 37 and I don't have a college degree. Makes you wonder what this kid takes seriously.


Mar 24, 2009, 11:10:00 AM  

That's the story because Stafford's score is so surprising, given that he attends the cesspool of the South.

alex said...
Mar 27, 2009, 12:11:00 AM  

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