Late last week, it was reported that Johnny Manziel’s 32 on the Wonderlic test was the highest among all top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class. According to former Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears, who’s working as an NFL analyst with the Dallas Morning News these days, having a high score certainly won’t hurt Manziel’s stock.
But Spears added that players don’t view the Wonderlic as a big deal.
“It was sort of quirky,” Spears said of taking the Wonderlic. “I’m sure that’s a method the brass uses in the NFL to see how it’ll translate... I think it’s more of an information retaining system as opposed to seeing how smart a guy really is. Can you directly coordinate what we’re giving you in the playbook and kind of think things out on the fly. "
“To me and most guys that’s being drafted, the Wonderlic isn’t that big of a deal, especially when you just ran a 4.4 40 and jumped high and the athletic side, so the Wonderlic, I think it’s just a tool, an extra tool they like to give us to see if we’re draft worthy.”
Dallas fans should know as well as any that NFL prospects have been known to disregard that particular portion of the NFL Scouting Combine. Cornerback Morris Claiborne, who somewhat famously scored a four on the test, remarked that he didn’t take it seriously because the questions were not related to football.
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