Reports: Mariota scores 33 on Wonderlic, Winston scores 27
While the race to the No. 1 overall pick between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota remains undecided, a couple of reports late Tuesday night seem to have at least settled one score between the two. Literally.
The Wonderlic score.
Advantage: Mariota. But unlike in their meeting in the Rose Bowl, Winston held his own in defeat this time.
Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson, citing “multiple league sources,” reported that Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner whose maturity and decision-making while at Florida State has come under much more scrutiny than his physical ability, scored a 27.
Shortly after that report, former Eagles scout and current radio talk show host John Middlekauff tweeted that Mariota, the reigning Heisman winner out of Oregon, topped his counterpart with an impressive 33.
Mariota scored 33 https://t.co/hJnanedakz
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) April 15, 2015
So, if true, what do these scores mean?
Well, quite a bit. Or nothing at all.
The Wonderlic test is an exam given to all prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine in February in Indianapolis. It is a timed, 50-question test designed to gauge a person’s cognitive skills and problem-solving abilities. A perfect score is 50.
So, here are the reported Wonderlic scores of some of today’s best quarterbacks:
37 — Andrew Luck
35 — Aaron Rodgers
33 — Tom Brady
30 — Philip Rivers
28 — Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson
27 — Joe Flacco
25 — Ben Roethlisberger
Last season, Johnny Manziel reportedly scored 32 on the exam, Blake Bortles a 28 and Teddy Bridgewater a 20.
But, while Mariota is sitting in Brady territory and Winston equal to Flacco and just below a trio of Super Bowl winners, a high Wonderlic score is no guarantee of success.
Greg McElroy reportedly scored a 43, Blaine Gabbert a 42, Matt Flynn a 38 and Christian Ponder a 35. And the highest Wonderlic score recorded by a QB at the combine? Reportedly a 48 by Ryan Fitzpatrick … a Harvard man, of course.
Florida State is no Harvard, to be sure. But, for anyone surprised by Winston’s score, consider this:
Lots of folks seem to be surprised Jameis Winston got a good Wonderlic score. They do know he got accepted to Stanford out of HS, right?
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 15, 2015