Sunday, February 17, 2013

Combine to introduce 'counterpart' to Wonderlic test


The oft-scrutinzed Wonderlic test, an annual staple of the NFL Scouting Combine, will make a new friend.

The NFL will implement a new aptitude test in this year's version of the event, according to Albert Breer of But the new exam won't replace the Wonderlic, instead serving as a 'counterpart' to the antiquated testing device.  (photo: Thana Thaweeskulchai, Flickr)

National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster told Breer that the new test, which was developed with a university professor, will be "a little more evolved than the Wonderlic."

You can't blame organizations for wanting to explore every avenue when facing the decision of committing large amounts of money to young football players just coming out of school -- albeit early or not.

Gauging a player's intelligence via an aptitude test can be useful, but it's probably more important to judge a player's football smarts based on adjustments he has made over the course of games, seasons and his career.

The NFL is trying to find a good balance between the two, so that's a good start. But if a guy already has an incredibly imposing skillset at his respective position and does well in the interview process, results of an aptitude test become a little less important.

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