You can thank Vince Young for the Wonderlic test becoming a valuable tool for NFL scouts; for those of you who are not familiar with the test, Wonderlic tests are given to pro prospects to gauge their level of intelligence. Most NFL teams expect prospects to do well on the test because they have had time to prepare; when the prospect scores unusually low, it tends to set off alarms. A person of average intelligence would score a 20 on the Wonderlic; naturally, NFL teams like quarterbacks, offensive lineman middle linebackers and safeties to score well as these positions demand mental toughness.
Interestingly enough, none of the NFL prospects at QB this year embarrassed themselves taking the Wonderlic test; according to the Chicago Tribune, both Matt Ryan of BC and Brian Brohm of Louisville scored an impressive 32, while Joe Flacco of Delaware scored a 27 and Michigan quarterback Chad Henne scored a 22. Most of the offensive linemen scored well on the test; Vanderbilt’s Chris Williams scored an impressive 32 while Pittsburgh’s Jeff Otah scored a 28, California’s Sam Baker scored a 27, Michigan’s Jake Long a 26, Boston College’s Godser Cherilus a 25 and Virginia’s Brandon Albert a 23.
At LB, there are 2 players who are a lock in the first-round, yet one far exceeded the other on their Wonderlic scores; Tennessee’s Jerod Mayo scored a 26 while USC’s Keith Rivers was a borderline-dee dee dee-like 16. I am not suggesting that Rivers is a dee dee dee, as Rivers willl probably make the first round and his projected position in the draft is middle linebacker. At safety, Kenny Phillips of Miami didn’t exactly raise his stock as he scored a 16 on the Wonderlic. Oh, for those who are wondering what a “dee dee dee” is, it is a person who is not retarded, but stupid – mentally lacking upstairs, so to speak. The phrase came from one of my favorite comedians, Carlos Mencia.