Say what you want about “Johnny Football” but he ain’t stupid. A report on Friday claims that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel scored well on the Wonderlic test, netting a 32 to beat out the rest of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cornell’s Jeff Matthews had the highest score with a 40, but Manziel was the best out of the real first-round options.
Central Florida’s Blake Bortles scored a 28, and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater got a 20, so Manziel topped both of his main rivals on top of most draft boards. While the Wonderlic is not really a predictor of future NFL success, a high score can sometimes help a player’s stock.
For the sake of reference, Tom Brady scored a 33 and Aaron Rodgers had a 35, while Peyton Manning and Drew Brees both earned 28s. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck scored a 37 before the 2012 draft and Geno Smith had a 24 last year. Meanwhile Blaine Gabbert aced the test with a 42 and Christian Ponder had a 35. Colin Kaepernick scored a 37, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson scored 25s and Hall of Fame signal-caller Dan Marino had a 15.
Seeing a pattern? No? That’s because there isn’t one. The Wonderlic really doesn’t have any bearing on future NFL performance. The scores are all over the place.
The Wonderlic is a logic and reasoning test that has nothing to do with football. It is used to gauge calm and critical thinking in a pressure environment. Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry was the first to use it in 1970s and it has since been a measuring stick, most importantly for quarterbacks.
While it likely won’t help Manziel’s stock that much, his score on the Wonderlic certainly won’t hurt him.
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