Put yourself in the cleats of a prospect at the NFL Scouting Combine. Your running, jumping, throwing, catching, and weight-lifting are there for the world to see.
The written exam that measures intelligence, known as the Wonderlic, happens in private. The results are supposed to be private, too, but invariably they become public – especially the bad ones. How pronounced are the leaks?
“We often hear a person’s test scores even before we’ve scored them,” Michael Callans, vice president of research and development for Wonderlic, which gives the results to one NFL representative for distribution to the teams, told me on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Think about it. You’re asking players to take a test that does the least to reveal their NFL worthiness. And when someone bombs on it, someone else seemingly can’t wait to humiliate the guy. My advice: Don’t even bother to take the exam.
Last year, the public found out about the poor Wonderlic grade of former Louisville guard John Miller. The Bills still made him a third-round pick. Then they made him a starter … largely because he impressed them with his smarts.