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Greg McElroy almost aced the Wonderlic. Is he too smart for the NFL?

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Greg McElroy almost aced the Wonderlic. Is he too smart for the NFL?

Post by Donald Williams on Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:07 pm

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/footbal...n=ncaaf-327510

Alongside the many absurd feats of size, strength and speed on display
at the NFL's combine for incoming draft picks, there are also the
annual efforts to bore as deeply as possible into the players' skulls.
Is this guy smart? Is he a flake? Is he a potential "cancer" in the
locker room? Is he really committed to sacrificing his body to the
sport? The informal method of sniffing out a potential head case
involves face-to-face interviews and the sort of ephemeral buzz that
dogged this year's resident "character risk," Arkansas quarterback Ryan
Mallett, throughout the weekend in Indianapolis. The formal method is
the Wonderlic test.

Usually, leaked Wonderlic scores are embarrassingly low. Not so,
however, for Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, who nearly aced the
test, scoring a 48 out of a possible 50 according to his hometown Fort
Worth Star-Telegram. That score puts him on the high, high end of
potential employees in any field, and especially among NFL
quarterbacks. A 48 is twice the league average for incoming QBs, and
matches the highest score for a quarterback on record, belonging to
current Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, a Harvard grad. (Here
is the most complete database of Wonderlic scores by quarterbacks
through 2006. Only one other starter last year, the 49ers' Alex Smith,
managed a 40 on the test; only one NFL player, former Bengals punter
Pat McInally – another Harvard grad – is believed to have scored a
perfect 50.)

By that standard, McElroy is one of the smartest quarterbacks in league
history – no surprise, considering he was a finalist for a Rhodes
scholarship last fall and has always been praised more for his poise
and decision-making than his arm or athleticism. (He didn't throw or
work out in Indy because of a hand injury he suffered in the Senior
Bowl.)

Of course, coming as it does as part of the process of poking,
prodding, dissecting and otherwise maximizing every conceivable flaw of
incoming prospects, McElroy's brainpower still has the potential to be
taken as a negative around the league, as explained by Pro Football
Talk's Mike Florio:
That said, scoring too high can be as much of a problem
as scoring too low. Football coaches want to command the locker room.
Being smarter than the individual players makes that easier. Having a
guy in the locker room who may be smarter than every member of the
coaching staff can be viewed as a problem — or at a minimum as a threat
to the egos of the men who hope to be able when necessary to outsmart
the players, especially when trying in some way to manipulate them.

So while McElroy, who was unable to work out due to injury, may be
really smart, he perhaps would have been wise to tank a few of the
answers.
Argh:
Too smart! If only there was some widely accepted sweet spot of "kind
of dumb, but not alarmingly dumb" that prospects knew to shoot for.

That response shouldn't come as a surprise from the same league that
took the academic success of Florida State safety Myron Rolle – who
actually earned a Rhodes scholarship and took a year off from football
to pursue it – as an opportunity to question his commitment to a
gridiron career. The NFL draft: Where you'll never be good enough, even
if you're too good.

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Re: Greg McElroy almost aced the Wonderlic. Is he too smart for the NFL?

Post by superkameguru on Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:37 pm

lol makes me really appreciate my IQ of 103
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