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NFL teams weigh Wonderlic tests

By Dan Pompei | Tribune staff reporter

12:20 PM CDT, March 22, 2008

One of the many variables NFL teams are factoring into their draft grades are scores from the Wonderlic tests given at the scouting combine. Wonderlic tests are given to help gauge the intelligence of prospects.

NFL teams expect most prospects will score well because players can prepare for the tests. When a player has an unusually low score, it sets off alarms.

A person of average intelligence is supposed to score a 20. NFL teams like to see quarterbacks, offensive linemen, middle linebackers and safeties score higher than that because those positions can be mentally demanding.

View from a Bears fan At the quarterback position, none of the top prospects laid a Wonderlic egg. Boston College'sMatt Ryan, he of the off-the-charts intangibles, scored an impressive 32. And his score was matched by Lousiville's Brian Brohm, who is the second-highest-rated quarterback after Ryan on most boards.

Joe Flacco of Delaware scored a 27 and Chad Henne of Michigan scored a 22. Both are considered second-round prospects.

Most of the top offensive linemen also tested well. Michigan'sJake Long scored a 26. Pittsburgh's Jeff Otah scored a 28. Southern California's Sam Baker scored a 27. Vanderbilt's Chris Williams scored a 32. Boston College's Godser Cherilus scored a 25. Virginia's Brandon Albert scored a 23.

Boise State offensive tackleRyan Clady had the only disappointing score from the top group of blockers, a 13.

At the linebacker position there are two players who look like surefire first-rounders, but one tested better than the other. Tennessee'sJerod Mayo scored a 26 while USC's Keith Rivers scored a 16. Rivers' test probably won't hurt his stock because most teams consider him an outside linebacker.

Kenny Phillips of Miami, the only safety expected to go in the first round, did not help himself with a 16 test score.

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Wow...nice article and thanks for the post. 

How can you get access to those scores?  I thought it was supposed to be confidential but the scores always seem to leak out. 

Also didn't Vick score like a 7 on the test?

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Celt (3/23/2008)
Wow...nice article and thanks for the post. 

How can you get access to those scores?  I thought it was supposed to be confidential but the scores always seem to leak out. 

Also didn't Vick score like a 7 on the test?

No, but Vince Young apparently scored a 6, i don't remember if it was true or not.

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Celt (3/23/2008)
Wow...nice article and thanks for the post. 

How can you get access to those scores?  I thought it was supposed to be confidential but the scores always seem to leak out. 

Also didn't Vick score like a 7 on the test?

No, but Vince Young apparently scored a 6, i don't remember if it was true or not.

have u ever seen vince during a game, he always has a dumb look on his face like he doesnt understand whats going on...He did score a 6 and its easy to see why...lol

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Celt (3/23/2008)
Wow...nice article and thanks for the post. 

How can you get access to those scores?  I thought it was supposed to be confidential but the scores always seem to leak out. 

Also didn't Vick score like a 7 on the test?

Vick scored in the 20s, I think it was like a 23 or something.

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