Too much onus is placed on the Wonderlic IQ test that’s given to NFL draft prospects at the scouting combine in Indianapolis each year.
With an exception of potentially quarterbacks, it’s a test that serves no real purpose on the field. Though, it could tell us something about the individuals taking it and their intelligence off the field.
After all, examples of the test released to the public in recent years shows it to be rather easy in the grand scheme of things.
With all this said, the whole idea of the test is for teams to gauge the thought process of prospects. The results were never meant to become public domain.
Leaks on top of leaks have occurred in recent years, placing the test and the prospects under the microscope.
One player that is likely pretty happy that his test score was leaked is Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was selected No. 4 overall by the team last month.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Elliott scored a 32 out of a possible 50 on the test. That’s the highest number for any of the top running backs selected in the draft over the past decade. Only former Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson came close with a score of 28 back in 2004.
Overall, the average score for the top running back selected in each of the past 10 drafts was 17.2.
More than anything, this has to music to the ears of Jerry Jones and Co. When you exhaust a top-five pick on a running back, he better be prepared to dominate on the field.
It sure doesn’t hurt that the Cowboys got a prospect that also seems to have a good head on his shoulders.