Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs the ball past Duke Blue Devils defense during the third quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Most rational people who pay attention to the pre-draft process have long since come to the conclusion that the Wonderlic is a completely meaningless piece of crap test that measures nothing.
We assume that teams also feel the same way, but you never know. There could be coaches and GMs who put great stock in the Wonderlic.
If there are any such people out there, they just got another reason to like Johnny Manziel.
The Wonderlic test results are never made officially public, but they always manage to find their way out there, thanks mostly to agents who are trying to boost or torpedo draft stock.
Albert Breer must know a lot of agents because he got his hands on some Wonderlic scores. Turns out, Johnny Manziel did pretty well, scoring a 32. For comparison, Blake Bortles scored a 26 and Teddy Bridgewater a 20.
For further comparison, Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino scored a 15. So this means Johnny Manziel is more than twice as smart as Dan Marino?
Or maybe nowadays guys are way better at prepping for these kinds of tests than they were back in the comparative Wild West days of the ’80s.
Here’s where I’ll give Manziel a little credit: he obviously took the test seriously and clearly prepped for it ahead of time. That speaks to a solid work ethic.
Beyond that, I’m not putting any stock in a dubious intelligence test.
The Wonderlic, from a pure draft scouting point of view, is nothing but a sideshow.