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Friday, April 16, 2010
B & B all over: Wonderlics for O-line

By Kevin Seifert

As always, Bob McGinn is offering a thorough review of this year's draft class over at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Friday's topic of the offensive line is of special interest for Green Bay fans, whose team seems poised to take a tackle in the first round of the draft.

One name we haven't discussed much is Maryland's Bruce Campbell, and McGinn has an interesting reason: Campbell had a below-average score on the Wonderlic intelligence test (18) and is considered to have a high bust factor by many NFL scouts. McGinn writes: "Other than quarterback, the link between the Wonderlic and successful performance might be stronger in the offensive line than at any other position."

Of interest to the larger NFC North community: Florida guard/center Maurkice Pouncey scored a 14 on the Wonderlic. McGinn: "In most offenses it is the job of the center to call out the defensive front, identify pass rushers and adjust the protection or run-blocking scheme at the line. Intelligence is valued highly at all five offensive line positions but none more so than center. Green Bay center Scott Wells scored 30 on the Wonderlic, and his predecessor, Mike Flanagan, had 35. The six centers drafted in the first round since 1994 averaged 24.7."

Continuing around the NFC North on the final Friday before the NFL draft: