Johnny Manziel’s Wonderlic score is best among top QBs in draft


Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel went all out during his pro day last month. (Patric Schneider / AP)

Johnny Manziel’s score on the Wonderlic, the test given all prospective players at the NFL scouting combine, has been leaked with the NFL draft just under a month away and it means … absolutely nothing.

Peyton Manning had a lower score than Manziel, Christian Ponder had a better one. So make of this what you will as you consider whether Johnny Football should be the No. 1 pick by the Houston Texans. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported the scores of three of the top quarterback prospects and Manziel, at 32, was the leader, with Central Florida’s Blake Bortles at 28 and Teddy Bridgewater at 20. (Cornell’s Jeff Mathews scored highest of any QB in the draft, with a 40.)

A perfect score on the 50-question Wonderlic is believed to have been achieved only once, by Pat McInally, the former Cincinnati Bengals punter who attended Harvard. Among the 31 projected NFL starters, ESPN Stats & Information found that the average score was 29.4. Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs has the highest at 40.

Here’s a sampling of other starters’ scores, put together by SI.com, that illustrates just how imprecise an indicator the Wonderlic can be:

Ryan Fitzpatrick (48)
Eli Manning (39)
Tony Romo (37)
Aaron Rodgers (35)
Tom Brady (33)
Peyton Manning (28)
Russell Wilson (24)
Robert Griffin III (24)

And, because you know you were wondering, Tim Tebow scored a 22.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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