Garrett scored a 31 out of 50 possible correct answers on the intelligence test, the second-highest score from a defensive lineman in this year’s draft field according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn. Larry Ogunjobi of Charlotte, who is projected as a second or third round draft prospect, scored a near-Ivy League level 36.
Taken on its own, the Wonderlic has its hits and misses as a predictor for success in the NFL. It’s supposed to measure the intelligence of an incoming draftee, but sometimes it doesn’t even feel like it does that effectively.
After all, former A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel scored one point higher on his Wonderlic exam in 2014 than did Garrett this year. Then again, Tom Brady scored a 33 on his Wonderlic in 2000, so what are we supposed to believe?
Ultimately, it all means the Wonderlic is meant to be part of a package of measurables, not taken by itself to judge any prospect’s draftability.
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Then compare your results to these modern NFL Draft prospects:
Ezekiel Elliott actually edged Garrett last year with a 32.
Former Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne infamously scored a 4.
CBS just hired a near-genius, as Tony Romo scored 37 on the Wonderlic.
Dak Prescott scored a 25.
This year, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya led the 2017 Draft field with a 34. Trevor Knight scored a 30. Josh Dobbs, 29; Deshone Kizer, 28; Mitchell Trubisky, 25; Davis Webb, 25; Patrick Mahomes, 24; Mansfield’s and Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans, 21.
Historically, Harvard grad and former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has modern bragging rights with his 48, Blaine Gabbert scored 42, Alex Smith scored a 40, Eli Manning scored a 39 and Aaron Rodgers earned a 35.
Make sense of it how you will, and try not to disappoint your mother with your own score.
Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817