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Wonderlic test scores of 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks leaked

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Every year at the NFL Combine, top prospects take the Wonderlic test. The results of those scores are supposed to remain confidential, but every year they get leaked by someone in the know. This year is no different as several scores have been made public via veteran reporter Bob McGinn.

McGinn used to work for the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, but he currently runs a for-pay website where he provides insight. A user on the message board Orange Mane has listed those scores from McGinn for several players, including most of the notable quarterbacks.

MORE: Notable Wonderlic test scores from past NFL players

Before we dive into the actual scores, here's how Wikipedia describes the Wonderlic:

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a popular group intelligence test used to assess the aptitude of prospective employees for learning and problem-solving in a range of occupations. The Wonderlic is available in 12 different languages and is often used in college, entry level jobs, and team-making efforts. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 12 minutes.

The last part of that description is important because many may not realize the test is timed.

Wonderlic scores for 2019 NFL Draft class

Quarterbacks

  • Ryan Finley: 43
  • Gardner Minshew: 42
  • Daniel Jones: 37
  • Easton Stick: 32
  • Clayton Thorson: 32
  • Trace McSorley: 31
  • Will Grier: 30
  • Brett Rypien: 28
  • Jarrett Stidham: 27
  • Drew Lock: 26
  • Tyree Jackson: 25
  • Dwayne Haskins: 25
  • Sean McGuire: 22
  • Kyler Murray: 20
  • A well-researched article on Medium looked at quarterbacks only and determined there was a minor benefit at this position: "There seems to be a sort of smartness threshold, where the best NFL quarterbacks need to be at least this smart to see success. But once a QB passes that threshold (around a score of 25), their additional smartness has little to no effect on success on the field."

You can see Orange Mane's full list here.

Does the Wonderlic test matter?

Now that you know the scores, it's worth knowing if they even matter. In short, it depends on who you ask, but most people respond with "not really." In a column for Sports Illustrated, Edward Krupat, PhD, wrote the Wonderlic is "an outdated way of thinking about intelligence when it comes to predicting performance on the football field."

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  • Kyler Murray: 20
  • A well-researched article on Medium looked at quarterbacks only and determined there was a minor benefit at this position: "There seems to be a sort of smartness threshold, where the best NFL quarterbacks need to be at least this smart to see success. But once a QB passes that threshold (around a score of 25), their additional smartness has little to no effect on success on the field."

    All of the quarterbacks in this draft are mostly above or around that 25 mark.

    Former NFL scout John Middlekauff said last year regarding the Wonderlic, "everything matters when it comes to quarterbacks."

    Related slideshow: Ranking top 20 NFL draft classes (provided by imagn)

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