Morris Claiborne Was A Pick 6 In NFL Draft, But A Score 4 On Wonderlic Test. Why This Should Bother You
Raise your hand if you've heard of the provocatively named Wonderlic Test? Thought so. I hadn't heard of it either. Turns out, it's used by every NFL team to determine not strength, not speed, not toughness - all standard measures of football prowess - but smarts.
LSU Tiger, now Dallas Cowboy, cornerback Morris Claiborne (no relation to Liz) made headlines yesterday not only because he was picked a prestigious 6th in the NFL Draft, but because he reportedly scored a 4 (out of a possible 50) on the Wonderlic Test. This may not matter to you, especially if you don't care about sports. But it should.
This is because Mr. Claiborne's woeful score suggests that he spent three years playing football at the finest public university that Louisiana has to offer and came out functionally illiterate. The Wonderlic defines a score of 10 as literate, and a score of 20 as possessing average intelligence. The average NFL player's Wonderlic score is around 20, though 2012 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning scored a 39. Claiborne wasn't even close.