Put me in, coach: I aced the Wonderlic
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#1 Apr 22, 2006
My reaction: Stupid! Really begs the question. Duh, of course there are people who can score successfully on much harder tests than the Wonderlic who can't play a lick of football. And there are a bunch of folks who can't pass the Wonderlic test at all because our failed school system has passed these functional illiterates into adulthood. Now what does all these folks have to do with Vince Young? Absolutely nothing. They neither prove a point or negate a point about Vince's Wonderlic scores. Vince chose a trusted friend to be his agent, though lawyer and "trusted" make strange bedfellows, who didn't know a thing about the draft process. That was Vince Young's dumbest mistake. A real agent would have shielded Vince Young from all that vicious media deluge he received. Yes, Vince is not the smartest kid in a class room. That is obvious, but it is plain wrong to have crucified him the way they did. However, Vince will overcome that. His biggest problem is still to be faced. NFL teams want a pocket passer. They would have to revamp their offense for Vince. They are loathe to do so because they would have to have two offenses; yet they fear to pass him up.
#2 Apr 22, 2006
Testing, under most all instances, isn't so much as an indicator for true intelligence. The Wonderlic is no exception. Testing is done to "understand" the ability for the recipient to analyze, compute, and solve abstract equations and/or complex questions. Scoring high on the Wonderlic will not guarantee a person much success in the NFL no more than scoring high on the SAT will guarantee much success in today's business world. So Vince Young scored low on the Wonderlic? Does that make him comparable to Ryan Leaf? Because Matt Leinart scored high on the Wonderlic, does that prove he'll have the success that Tom Brady has enjoyed? The answer to both is no, despite the error or accuracy of my hypothetical references.(no doubt some of you losers reading this will be critical of me putting Young with Leaf and Leinart with Brady- get a life already). What this proves is, will the overall draft position of Young and Leinart reflect, truly, what their overall value to a team is worth? If, before taking the Wonderlic- some people had Young 1st to 3rd- the question would be to them is, is he worth 1st to 3rd money? Answer: Probably. And after taking the Wonderlic? Answer: Maybe not.(depending on "your team's most pressing needs", would you spend 30 - 40 million up front for the guy?) The same questions could be posed to Leinart before and after the Wonderlic and "combine" workouts. The answer to both question are a resounding: Yes.
So, although the Wonderlic isn't THE DETERMINING factor in draft position or an excellent indicator of future success in the NFL- it is a more than useful tool in examining to what extent a particular player is worth to a team based on their salary cap dollars, position needs, and future revenue dollars they're willing to invest.
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