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Wonderlic Test

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is an intelligence test (like an IQ test) comprising a 12 minute, 50 question exam, which is meant to judge aptitude for adapting to certain situations. The test was developed inĀ 1936 by E.F. Wonderlic as a measure of cognitive ability. It is similar to other standardized tests, in that it uses a multiple choice format for its questions with increasing difficulty. It's designed so that most of the participants will not have time to complete it.

NFL Testing

The Wonderlic intelligence test has been given to prospective players at the National Football League Combine since the 1970s. The NFL average is said to be 19, with the average for a quarterback 24. Some sources list Pat McInally (P/WR from Harvard) as the only football player to record a perfect score of 50 - but he is not on other lists. In 2006, Texas quarterback Vince Young became the talk of the National Football Scouting combine when he scored a six on the test - a score of six is low for any player but especially so for a quarterback.

Average Scores

These average scores apparently come from a NFL source:

Offensive tackles: 26
Centers: 25
Quarterbacks: 24
Guards: 23
Tight Ends: 22
Safeties: 19
Middle linebackers: 19
Cornerbacks: 18
Wide receivers: 17
Fullbacks: 17
Halfbacks: 16

Some Selected Scores

Here are just a selection of the reported scores that have been achieved by players during the NFL Combine. There is some dispute about the actual scores achieved by some players, and they cannot be verified as officially results are not released. This is a combined list from several online sources.

score name notes
50 Pat McInally from 1975. only player to achieve a perfect score? Played for Cincinnati Bengals from 1976 to 1985
49 Mike Mamula  
48 Ryan Fitzpatrick Quarterback, 2005
48 Benjamin Watson played New England Patriots (2004-2009), Cleveland Browns (2010+)
48 Kevin Curtis from 2003
43 Greg McElroy 2011
43 Jason Maas 1999
42 Drew Henson NFL bust
42 Blaine Gabbert 2011
41 Kevin Barnes 2009
41 Justin Blalock Falcons left guard, the highest of the 2007 draft class
40 Alex Smith  
40 Darrell Hackney 2006
39 Eli Manning 2004

Other Notable Athlete Scores

score name notes
33 Tom Brady from 2000
22 Tim Tebow from 2010
22 Brett Favre  
15 Dan Marino Hall of Fame quarterback
15 Steve McNair Pro Bowl quarterback
15 Randall Cunningham Pro Bowl quarterback
15 Terry Bradshaw Hall of Fame quarterback
12 Percy Harvin 2009 NFL Rookie of the Year

Some of the Lowest Scores Ever

score name notes
13 Ray Lewis LB, Ravens
12 Percy Harvin WR, Vikings
12 Randy Moss WR, 49ers
11 Hakeem Nicks WR, Giants
10 Jeff George QB
10 A.J. Green WR, Bengals
10 Chris Johnson RB Titans
9 Patrick Peterson CB, Cardinals
9 Sebastian Janikowski K Raiders
6 Vince Young quarterback
6 Oscar Davenport from North Carolina - not drafted
6 Frank Gore running back, played for San Francisco (2005+)
5 Edward "Pig" Prather safety
4 Darren Davis played in CFL
4 Morris Claiborne Cornerback. from 2012


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