Morris Claiborne is the highest rated cornerback and a lock to go in the top 10 picks of this year’s NFL draft, but he does come with questions.
One specific question that he may soon need to be answering: What’s 2+2?
Four. The same number Claiborne scored on the Wonderlic, the NFL’s intelligence test given during the combine.
That’s four points out of a possible 50. Or to put it a different way, 8 percent.
I’m pretty sure that’s a big fat F.
The Wonderlic consists of 50 multiple choice questions that must be answered in 12 minutes. A score of 20 is supposed to indicate average intelligence.
However, National Football Post’s Greg Gabriel reports Claiborne has a learning disability that affects his ability to read.
You can take a sample test here. Give it a shot. It won’t take long and when you’re done, you (hopefully) can say you are smarter than a number of future, former and present NFL players.
Claiborne isn’t the first NFL prospect to score low on the Wonderlic, nor will he be the last.
Several other players have bombed the test over the years. Vince Young, former Titans quarterback, famously scored a six on his first try before recording a 16 the second time around. Terrell Pryor, now with the Oakland Raiders, scored a seven last year.
Hakeem Nicks, wide receiver for the New York Giants, and our very own Percy Harvin scored 11 and 12, respectively before the 2009 NFL Draft.
Even Dan Marino, one of the best quarterbacks of all time, scored a disappointing 15.
It’s hard to say exactly how well the Wonderlic determines intelligence and especially a future player’s career in the NFL. I don’t put much stock in it, but plenty of people much smarter than me do. It’s just another way to test NFL prospects, but just like the 40-yard dash, it would be foolish to judge any player based on one test, right Al Davis?
After all, if the Wonderlic is the test to determine the future career of a player, Alex Smith (Wonderlic score – 40) must be a late bloomer because he has a long way to go to surpass the careers of Peyton Manning (28) and Tom Brady (33).
Claiborne passes the tests on the field, and those are the ones that matter most.