The NFL combine doesn’t just test a prospect’s agility, explosiveness and football skills – among other physical capabilities. It also challenges the mind. Aside from interviews, the players take the Wonderlic test, a 50-word quiz with a 12-minute time limit.
A score of 20 represents “average” intelligence.
The Wonderlic measures cognitive ability, but it doesn’t quite have a direct correlation to on-field production. Take Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson. He reportedly scored a nine on the test when he took it in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Information. All Peterson’s done is make three Pro Bowls in each of his three seasons as a professional and be named All-Pro in two of them.
Since the Wonderlic results aren’t published publicly, all scores that are circulated have been reported by various media outlets.
The score of another Cardinal has also been reported. Quarterback Carson Palmer reportedly scored a 26 on the Wonderlic, the same number reportedly as Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon, Chicago’s Jay Cutler, Dallas’ Kyle Orton and New England’s Ryan Mallett. And all Palmer has done in 10 years is throw for nearly 34,000 yards and 213 touchdowns.