Quarterbacks Greg McElroy and Blaine Gabbert blew the curve on the Wonderlic test at the Scouting Combine, scoring a genius-level 43 and 42, respectively.
According to Pro Football Weekly, receiver A.J. Green (pictured) and cornerback Patrick Peterson notched a 10 and a nine, respectively. Both are widely believed to be on track to be drafted in the top 10.
The score prompted an unnamed scout to tell PFW that “A.J. won’t reach his full potential” and that “[i]t’s hard for dumb receivers.”
Green’s agent, Ben Dogra, objected to the characterization from the unnamed scout. “There’s a reason why that [unnamed source] probably will remain a scout for a long time instead of becoming a decision-maker — and you can quote me on that,” Dogra told USA Today. “It’s very hard to make a blanket statement like that. It’s one piece of the puzzle. A kid running a 4.33 in the 40 doesn’t mean he will be a Hall of Famer, either. It’s all relative.”
“I was just thinking [too long],” Green told USA Today. “Everybody has their own opinion. I know what I can do. I am going to work hard to be the best.”
Dogra and CAA also represent Gabbert, who told Rich Eisen of the coincidentally-named Rich Eisen Podcast before learning the outcome of Gabbert’s Wonderlic test that he scored a 42 on a practice test. It’s unknown whether Green took a practice test, or whether he scored higher than a 10 on it.
As NBC’s Tony Dungy told PFT Live last month, the Wonderlic score is simply another factor to consider, and that it’s not in any way conclusive as to a guy’s football intelligence.