The Wonderlic test has been an important test for a long time. It is thought that this test measures the intelligence, most notably the problem-solving ability, of the people who take the test. NFL teams began using the Wonderlic test as part of their annual Combine event, where they test a prospective player’s physical, mental, emotional, and medical capabilities.
An average football player scores about 20 points out of a possible 50 points on the Wonderlic test. But once in a while, a player will excel to an incredible degree. How do these players fare in the NFL once they’re drafted? While these aren’t the highest scores ever, among current players these are some of the highest scorers on the Wonderlic.
Aaron Rodgers is now considered by most people to be the best quarterback in the NFL. And there is a chance he could go down as the greatest of all time when all is said and done. Rodgers scored 35 points on the Wonderlic prior to being selected in the first round by the Green Bay Packers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
When scouts measured the Cal product’s intelligence, they couldn’t help but be impressed. It was just as much an advantage for him as his pinpoint accuracy. Rodgers’ career at Cal proved he had the physical abilities to be successful, but his intelligence became the driving force behind his ascension to the top of the NFL’s elite.
Tony Romo is a fascinating story in the NFL. He wasn’t drafted by any team in the 2003 NFL Draft, but he did post a Wonderlic score of 37 during the NFL Combine. The Dallas Cowboys signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois University, where Romo still holds all kinds of passing records in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Romo has gone on to be one of the most efficient and talented quarterbacks in the NFL today. Many people consider him on the cusp of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL right now. He always puts up good efficiency numbers, and he doesn’t throw many interceptions. Romo has been a valuable member of a Cowboys team that can never seem to put it all together.
Calvin Johnson was one of the most hyped players in the history of the NFL Draft. His Wonderlic score of 41 certainly helped his case. And the former Georgia Tech Yellow jacket hasn’t disappointed. After Johnson set numerous school receiving records, he entered the 2007 NFL Draft.
Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a single season during the 2012 NFL season. His combination of size, speed, hands, and intelligence earned him the nickname “Megatron”, and he is one of the most popular players in the NFL. It also helps that he’s one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game.