wonderlic shaming is wrong, man. stop it. https://t.co/d0xCc6DfNz – OZY

For a few days following the 2017 NFL Draft, a substantial group of American keyboard warriors were launched into the throngs of an internet debate over a surprisingly mundane topic: standardized tests. This, however, was no state-issued exam. No, this was football’s most famous quiz — a test that sends gridiron gods furiously flipping through old SAT practice exams. This was the Wonderlic.

The Wonderlic Personnel Test is a 12-minute cognitive exam administered during the annual NFL Draft Combine and aimed at measuring the mental aptitude of potential employees. This year, the test results were leaked to the public, thus lending topic fillers to unimaginative sports blogs across the country. Some scores were high, some scores were low — many folks were offended.

wonderlic shaming is wrong, man. stop it. https://t.co/d0xCc6DfNz

— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) April 20, 2017

But the main problem with Wonderlic tests is not that inept test-takers may acquire hurt feelings. No, the issue at hand is that, as a tool, they provide little to no predictive value when it comes to football performance, and could easily be replaced with more meaningful measures. In an era in which the NFL is in a constant prevent defense for its players’ off-the-field conduct, one would assume that locating potential troublemakers is mission critical. Rather than diddling around with the Wonderlic, it’s time for the National Football League to test for psychopathy.

Meanwhile, the offseason headaches — namely, arrests — pile up.

For starters, Wonderlic scores do not correlate well with a player’s value on the field. On average, offensive tackles log the highest score with 26 out of 50 correct answers, while quarterbacks, the position most associated with efficient cognition, come in at 24. At the individual level, it’s clear that there’s no rhyme or

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