The Wonderlic Test always makes for interesting conversation in that no one really seems to know how much weight should be put into the scores, and all that does is force everyone to babble nonsensically as though they do know how much weight should be put into said scores.
It’s that storied test where you don’t want to do poorly but also don’t want to do too good, as some teams will amazingly see that as a “red flag” too, making for quite a test.
The Wonderlic buzz often reminds me of the time Jerry exclaimed to George, “guess what, Little Jerry ran from here to Newman’s in less than 30 seconds!”
No one really knows anything so draft chatter is filled with Wonderlic talk and how swiftly Player A performed the hopscotch in relation to Player B.
Alas, a handful of alleged Wonderlic scores have been leaked for all of us to judge while we panic to adjust our big boards with a look of grave concern and at least one eyebrow raised. Now, for the scores:
Derek Carr, quarterback from Fresno State, scored a 20. And one scout said he also “has average size.” Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde scored a paltry 9. While you’re getting your pitchforks, I’ll add that according to at least one scout, Hyde is a “big dude and he runs big.” Huge, if true.
Jimmy Garoppolo, quarterback out Eastern Illinois, scored a 24. Of possible greater significance, one scout came to the determination that Garoppolo is “an interesting cat.”
Ra’Shede Hageman, a defensive tackle out of Minnesota, scored a 13. At 6’6 and 310 pounds, I’m guessing he’ll find ways to get to the quarterback regardless of his Dan Marino-inspired 13.
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland scored a 32 on the Wonderlic. Even better, one scout was quoted as saying “I love him … love him.” Sounds like Chad Ford gushing over NBA prospects.
Finally, Fighting Irish offensive lineman Zack Martin scored a 21. Additionally, his arms were “only 32-7/8, hands just 9-1/2.” Be sure to throw that in your latest color-coded draft handout.
If you haven’t taken the sample Wonderlic yet, you can do so right here.