Annually, the NFL Scouting Combine takes place to run potential draft selections through a series of tests and exercises in an attempt to measure their athleticism.
The 40-time, vertical leap and bench press are all practical tests to quantify different physical abilities. But what about intelligence? For quarterbacks in particular, great importance is also placed on the score of the intelligence test administered to potential draftees, the Wonderlic.
After a back and forth with Bomani Jones in which Jones accused Rovell of “Wonderlic Shaming,” Rovell agreed to take the test himself. He live streamed the entire event, complete with official Wonderlic moderators, on Periscope.
Anybody else surprised that the test is named after someone? Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise, because what else could have possibly brought that word into existence?
Mr. Wonderlic looks thrilled to be there.
Rovell claims to have scored a 27/50, in the 78th percentile for the test. No word on where he will be drafted this year. As a reference, here is how this years batch of quarterbacks fared on the exam.
That gives Rovell the sixth highest score of among this year’s crop of quarterback hopefuls.
Notably, Deshaun Watson scored the lowest out of the elite signal-caller prospects, while Mitch Trubisky had the seventh highest score. Both players are jockeying to be the first quarterback taken overall in this year’s draft.