Monday, April 9, 2012

Of Claiborne and Wonderlic

There has been much ado about how LSU defensive back Mo Claiborne got a 4 on the Wonderlic, as broken on PFT. The Wonderlic has been the means to determine the mental aptitude of a player. This is best known for tests on quarterbacks, but all draftees normally take this exam during the NFL Draft Combine. Why is this highlighted on quarterbacks? Mainly because it is the position that depends highly on mental skill and critical thinking.

Should we really care about the Wonderlic? In the modern era, players prepare for the Wonderlic like how high school kids here prepare for their SATs or for the college entrance exams, they practice and do mock exams. It does not exactly reflect the true aptitude of the player, as noted by Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post. In addition, Morris has a learning disability and has been working really hard to ensure that is not a hindrance to his effort being a student athlete and kudos to LSU trying to help him overcome it. It can partially frame your idea of a draftee, but it should not be the be all and end all of it. Scouts, GMs and coaches have to go through game tape as well as doing their own due diligence

Anyhow, it produced an interesting retort from CBS Sports' Gregg Doyel, to which Mike Florio responds to.

It really does not matter for Claiborne. He's going to be a Top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. See why below.

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