That said, the NFL's version of an intelligence test -- the famed Wonderlic -- is the single most overrated element of the pre-draft process. (And considering the hype generated from the 40-yard dash, bench press and vertical jump, that's quite an accomplishment.)
I've long maintained that college tape makes up roughly 80% of the grade I assign a player. The medical/interview process at the Combine takes up about 15% of the grade.
That leaves only about 5% of my overall player grade for the measureable workouts at the Combine and Pro Days. Of the measureables, the Wonderlic is the least important in most cases.*
(*Again, I do pay attention to this score for quarterbacks -- but only if the grade is in the mid teens or lower.)
And for some positions, too high of a Wonderlic score can actually be considered a detriment by some.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee recalled a comment from then-49ers general manager Scot McCloughan regarding the Wonderlic.
As Scot McCloughan, then the team's vice president of player personnel, noted in 2005, teams don't want players to be too smart either, especially at certain positions. "Some positions, like cornerback, you don't want a really intelligent guy because if he does get beat, you don't want him overanalyzing it," McCloughan said.
Want to know more about the Wonderlic?
Take this 15 question sample test yourself.
How did you score?
Good for you.
Now, smart guy (or gal) tell me how identifying the ninth month of the year helps you block DeMarcus Ware.