View Full Version : QB's & the Wonderlic

02-22-2014, 09:58 PM
Here's an interesting analysis of QB's and their Wonderlic scores and the scores of Super Bowl winning QB's.

But a strong Wonderlic score can be a pretty decent security blanket when it comes to spending millions on a quarterback. And in a year like this one, where no one seems certain who the top players are, a Wonderlic score might be a more useful tiebreaker than other points of study.

If you're wondering about past quarterback Wonderlic scores in recent drafts, the quarterback class of 2011 posted these numbers:

Greg McElroy, Alabama- 43
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri- 42
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada- 37
Christian Ponder, Florida State- 35
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa- 30
Andy Dalton, TCU- 29
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas- 26
Cam Newton, Auburn- 21
Jake Locker, Washington- 20

The quarterback class of 2012 had these results:

Andrew Luck, Stanford- 37
Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M- 34
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State- 33
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin- 28
Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State- 27
Kellen Moore, Boise State- 26
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State- 25
Robert Griffin III, Baylor- 24

...How about the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL? There are seven.

Here are their Wonderlic scores:

Eli Manning, Ole Miss 39
Aaron Rodgers, Cal 35
Tom Brady, Michigan 33
Peyton Manning, Tennessee 28
Drew Brees, Purdue 28
Joe Flacco, Delaware 27
Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Ohio) 25

Right now the average Wonderlic of a Super Bowl winning quarterback presently playing in the NFL is a 30.7...

The scores are not reported publicly and it's unlikely they will be leaked until after the draft, but I found myself wondering today how Manziel, Bridgewater and Bortles will rank. For Manziel it could be a deciding factor on whether the organization thinks he can adjust to playing under center, and passing from the pocket, and how quickly he might make the adjustment.

The original analysis is quite a bit longer. http://msn.foxsports.com/college-football/outkick-the-coverage/wonderlic-scores-leak-for-quarterbacks.php

02-23-2014, 08:23 AM
Wow, Peyton didn't make the 30's. Proof that preparation outguns IQ (or whatever).

02-23-2014, 09:29 AM
I think there is score inflation with all academies and advanced preparation. I wonder how the averages have changed over the years.