NFL will introduce a new aptitude test at this year’s Scouting Combine, according to NFL.com.
The new test will be used in addition to the oft-maligned Wonderlic, and will not replace it. The name and exact method of the new test were not available, but National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster told NFL.com that "it’s something that’s a little more evolved than the Wonderlic."
The Wonderlic has been a part of Combine testing since first being introduced to the league in the 1970s by Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. The test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in 12 minutes. A player’s final score equals the number of questions they correctly answer in the allotted time.
Only one player — former Bengals punter Pat McInally — has ever recorded a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic. The highest scores among active players belong to Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Browns tight end Benjamin Watson, both of whom scored 48.
But the Wonderlic’s notoriety is largely due to the players who recorded its lowest scores, which include a 4 by current Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne and 6 by 49ers running back Frank Gore.