Even though offensive linemen have among the highest average scores on standardized testing, they are often perceived as big, lumbering and…dumb. We bring up the question because the NFL Combine is this week and part of the fun is the Wonderlic test. The test, named for the test’s originator, E.F. Wonderlic, is one of many tools used by NFL teams to judge the future viability of hopeful pro players.
[su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”SB Nation” url=”http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2016/2/24/11100238/nfl-combine-wonderlic-test-history”] The daughter of the creator of the Wonderlic, Kathy Kolbe, even questioned why the league used the test as a means of evaluating football players. “I certainly value my father’s work and there are many appropriate uses for it,” Kolbe told CBSSports.com last year. “I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the NFL uses it, I just don’t think it’s particularly wise.”
The broad range of the scores that have been reported underscores the notion that the Wonderlic is a futile tool for evaluating football players. Notable players such as Calvin Johnson (41), Eli Manning (39), Andrew Luck (37) and Aaron Rodgers (35) have received exceptional scores, while there are a bunch of Hall of Famers who got below-average marks, including Jim Kelly (15), Dan Marino (16) and Terry Bradshaw (16).
Take a sample test below: