Spiller's low Wonderlic score no cause for concern

March, 23, 2010
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Former Clemson running back C.J. Spiller might be one of the top running back prospects in this year’s draft, but he’s not the smartest.

According to story by the National Football Post, Spiller scored a 10 on the Wonderlic test, the lowest score among all running backs. Stanford’s Toby Gerhart had the highest score among running backs with a 30.

The test, which was given to all attendees at the NFL combine last month, contains 50 questions that assess problem-solving skills in 12 minutes.

Running backs and fullbacks typically score notoriously low on the exam. According to Paul Zimmerman, former Sports Illustrated journalist and author of the book "The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football," fullbacks score an average of 17 on the test, while running backs have the lowest average score at 16.

But honestly, how much does a Wonderlic score really mean when it comes to play on the field?

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young reportedly scored a 6 on the test and went on to be the 2006 rookie of the year. Green Bay Packers rookie Javon Walker scored a 7 coming out of Florida State.

Last year, it was reported that Percy Harvin of Florida scored a 12.

What will matter is what Spiller can do on the field. He posted a 4.37 40 time at the combine, the second-fastest among running backs. He did 18 reps on the bench press.

And ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper Jr. still has Spiller as the top running back in this year’s draft.

Graham Watson | email

College Football
Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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