League will add second aptitude test to Scouting Combine

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The Wonderlic test isn’t going away.  But another test is coming.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the NFL will be adding a second aptitude test to this year’s Scouting Combine.

Details regarding the new test are scant, which makes it difficult for agents to properly prepare their clients for the new test.

Then again, some agents don’t bother to prepare their clients at all for the Wonderlic.  Or to seek accommodations for those that may have learning disabilities.  Other agents prepare their clients by giving them copies of the test obtained from friends or clients who work for NFL teams.

The end result is a collection of scores that are hardly reliable or indicative of a player’s true intelligence.

Breer explains that the new test won’t supplant the Wonderlic, in large part because teams still want to be able to make apples-to-apples comparisons between players from this year and past years.  While that’s hardly a strong justification for continuing to use a 50-question test arguably should have gone the way of eight-track tapes, it’s apparently reason enough to keep using a flawed and outdated measurable.

13 responses to “League will add second aptitude test to Scouting Combine

  1. Doesnt really matter, I’ve never heard anyone drop in the draft because they scored low. Vince went 3rd and claiborne 6th despite low scores,all teams care about is if you can help them with your play on the field

  2. I’m not mystified by teams using a brief, “intelligence” test. A particularly low score could indicate functional illiteracy. Beyond that, it’s value in the draft process is probably low to none.

    One thing I am curious about, given the extent of personal interviews and medical examinations, is why teams don’t administer a personality test. I’m not referring to the near useless type you might encounter applying for certain jobs (Target corporation has all potential employees take one of around 100 questions). I’m referring to the old Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory or MMPI.

    Surely if it makes sense do x-rays and MRIs to examine a player’s physical health, it makes sense to perform an assessment of mental health as well.

  3. So now we will have two different scores to show how stupid some of these kids are.

    Double the dumb dumb proof

  4. What’s flawed about the wonderlic? If you are using it to gauge intelligence as one part of the overall package of what a guy brings to the table, is there some reason to believe that it is not an accurate measure of what it’s supposed to be?

  5. All tests have flaws, but studies conducted on the Wonderlic show it is very reliable at measuring intelligence. The CIA and FBI use it. Research the test questions. If you are intelligent you can answer them, if you are not, you can’t. No, it want measure a player ‘s athletic ability, but teams already know that. All other things being equal, I think a team would rather have a smart athlete than a dumb athlete. I know I would rather read blogs written by an intelligent, educated journalist than an uneducated turd.

  6. If only players attended some sort of place that taught information on many different subjects and then had test to see if the understood what they were taught. Then we can average all of their grades and maybe even call it a GPA to save time.

  7. Yeah a personality test sounds like a great idea dude. Lets let the scientific fraud of psycho analysis play a role in selecting players to go to war in a football game. great idea.

  8. A personality test could be useful for identifying guys with obvious red flags. Imagine if there was a test that could predict that a guy like Leaf or JaMarcus would turn into a basket case under the harsh lights of NFL criticism. I’d say that would be a pretty valuable test if it helps a team avoid burning top picks on a sure-fire bust.

  9. I don’t know that the MMPI could tell you whether or not a player is the next Jamarcus Russell. It is very good, with socio-economic and cultural adjustments, at identifying personality disorders and less severe forms of mental illness. It’s also not bad at highlighting risk factors for substance abuse.

    Brandon Marshall could have benefited greatly from an earlier diagnosis of his mental illness.

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