Report: Tebow below average on test
Tim Tebow has below-average Wonderlic score, report says - ESPN
While former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow
wowed evaluators with his on-field performance at the NFL combine last month, he scored a 22 out of 50 on the Wonderlic test, the Palm Beach Post reported, citing an NFL source.
The 12-minute test measures an individual's learning and problem-solving abilities.
According to the Post, the average Wonderlic score for an NFL quarterback is 24. The newspaper also reported that the quarterback prospects in Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest rankings on ESPN.com -- Sam Bradford
of Oklahoma (36), Colt McCoy
of Texas (25) and Jimmy Clausen
of Notre Dame (23) -- scored higher than Tebow.
To put those scores in perspective, the Post compared Wonderlic numbers of run-of-the-mill NFL quarterbacks such as Alex Smith (40) and Matt Leinart (35) to those of Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Jim Kelly (both 15) and an established star such as Donovan McNabb (14) of the Philadelphia Eagles
Tebow is a Heisman Trophy winner who won two national championships at Florida. According to the newspaper, he graduated with a 3.66 GPA majoring in family, youth and community services.
Grades and Wonderlic scores likely won't determine how his NFL future will unfold. In an attempt to better adapt to the pro game, Tebow is changing the way he holds a football, shifting it from his waist to his shoulder. He intends to show off his refined style on his pro day for scouts at the University of Florida on Wednesday.
"There are things that I can get a lot better at -- my fundamentals," Tebow said in February. "I've never been asked to shorten or quicken my release and not have a loop in it. The changes I'm making have gone very well and it's becoming more and more natural to me."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
THE WONDERLIC TEST
Use in the NFL
Though used in a wide variety of institutions, the Wonderlic test has become best known for its use in the NFL
pre-draft assessments of prospective football players.
This assessment roughly corresponds to examples from Paul Zimmerman
's The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football
. According to Zimmerman, examples of average scores for each position
, a graduate of Harvard University
, is the only football player to record a confirmed perfect score of 50. Ryan Fitzpatrick
, also a Harvard graduate and currently a quarterback with the NFL Buffalo Bills
, had also been rumored to have scored a perfect 50 points in only nine minutes.
However, Fitzpatrick denied this, saying that he had left at least one of the 50 answer spaces blank. The Wall Street Journal
later reported that Fitzpatrick's actual score was 48 but that Fitzpatrick's claim of completing the Wonderlic in only nine minutes was accurate (This report appeared in the September 30, 2005 edition of the WSJ in the Weekend Section). As of 2005, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis
, a graduate of Utah State
University, was reported to be tied with Fitzpatrick and Benjamin Watson
of the New England Patriots
as having scored a 48, the highest Wonderlic score of any active NFL player.
During the 2009 Combine NFL Network
's Rich Eisen
mentioned that Mike Mamula
the "Workout Warrior" scored a 49; USA Today
has also reported on this claim.
On the other hand, some high profile players have scored rather low on the test. Dan Marino
and Vince Young
both scored 15 on the test, though Vince Young scored a 6 on his first attempt. Marcus Vick
, brother of Michael Vick
, scored 11. Michael himself scored an average 20.
SAMPLE WONDERLIC EXAM
1. Look at the row of numbers below. What number should come next? ___________
8 4 2 1 1/2 1/4 ?
2. Assume the first two statements are true.
Is the final one:
- The boy plays baseball.
- All baseball players wear hats.
- The boy wears a hat
3. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost? ___________
4. How many of the five pairs listed below are exact duplicates? ___________
Nieman, K. M.
Neiman, K. M.
Thomas, G. K.
Thomas, C. K.
Hoff, J. P.
Hoff, J. P.
Pino, L. R.
Pina, L. R.
Warner, T. S.
Wanner, T. S.
5. PRESENT/RESERVE, Do these words:
have similar meanings;
have contradictory meaning;
mean neither the same nor opposite?
6. One of the number figures in the following drawing is most different from the others.
What is the number in that figure? ___________
7. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in
three seconds? ___________
8. When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents? ___________
9. The ninth month of the year is:
10. Which number in the following group of numbers represent the smallest amount? _________
7 .8 31 .33 2
11. In printing an article of 48,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the
larger type, a printed page contains 1,800 words. Using a smaller type, a page contains
2,400 words. The article is allotted 21 full pages in a magazine. How many pages must be
in smaller type? ___________
12. The hours of daylight and darkness in September are nearest equal to the hours of daylight
and darkness in:
13. Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests
$9,000, Y invests $7,000, Z invests $4,000. If the profits are $4,800, how much less
does x receive compared to having the profits divided in proportion to the amounts
invested by X, Y, and Z?
14. Assume the first two statements are true.
- Tom greeted Beth.
- Beth greeted Dawn
- Tom did not greet Dawn
Is the final one:
15. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 what will be the age
of his sister? ___________
Answers can be found here...
Wonderlic Test Answers