The NFL is set to debut a new aptitude test to coincide with the often maligned Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. The test was developed with a professor of industrial/organizational psychology in association with league execs like John Elway and Thomas Dimitroff (Phil Emery’s idol).
“This is an exciting innovation that brings updated best practices from corporate America to the NFL football operations,” the memo states, making us wonder who in the world would find a test that doesn’t involve unique consequences for incorrect answers exciting. “By giving clubs new and more relevant information, it offers additional information to supplement your decision-making in the draft. One of the most interesting aspects is that new information on player learning styles can potentially help our coaches’ work more effectively with young players.”
It sounds to me like they’re trying to phase out the antiquated Wonderlic test but don’t want to pull the plug too quickly, so they’ll run the tests in parallel for a while until they can give the Wonderlic the boot.
I wonder if top scorer Ryan Fitzpatrick and his 48 out of 50 will miss the Wonderlic? You can bet that Morris Claiborne and his 4 out of 50 will not miss it.
Now if only the league can find a way to prevent the scores from leaking, then they’ll be on to something.
Take a sample of the Wonderlic test here thanks to our friends at Walter Football, the end all, be all of mock drafts and draft coverage. What score did you get? I’m sure there will be samples of the new test for us to all take to compare with the draft prospects.