Wonderlic woes

Maybe there's a simple explanation for the fact Tennessee's football team went 5-7, 7-6 and 6-7 the past three years: The Vols were just too darned smart.

You have to wonder after checking out Profootballweekly.com's front page. There's an interesting story there on the Wonderlic scores of the 330 NFL draft prospects who recently took that test. Basically, there seems to be a reverse correlation between a guy's football skill and his IQ. The higher your talent level, the lower your Wonderlic score.

Consider:

- LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, considered the No. 1 prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft by some observers, answered just 9 of the 50 questions in the 12-minute exam correctly. Only one of the 330 athletes tested scored worse.

- Georgia's A.J. Green, rated the No. 1 receiver in the draft and a top-five pick, scored a 10, lowest among all of the wideouts tested.

- Alabama's Julio Jones, rated the No. 2 receiver prospect in the draft and a likely top-10 pick, scored a 15 out of 50.

Make no mistake: These guys are elite prospects. Elsewhere on Profootballweekly.com's front page is a projection by NFL Draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki that shows Green going with Pick 4 to the Bengals, Jones with Pick 6 to the Browns and Peterson with Pick 7 to the 49ers.

To recap: Three of the seven most gifted prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft in terms of their physical makeup also happen to be three of the least gifted in terms of their intellectual makeup.

And did you notice that all three are from Southeastern Conference schools?

Peterson, Green and Jones are among the SEC's highest-profile prospects but they aren't the league's only draft prospects to fumble the Wonderlic test. Florida offensive lineman Carl Johnson scored a 6, the lowest number of all 330 players tested. South Carolina defensive back Chris Culliver scored a 9, tying Peterson and one other player for next-to-last honors.

According to the article, a single-digit score on the Wonderlic is viewed by pro teams as basically getting your name correct. That's noteworthy, since three of the four athletes who posted single-digit scores this year played for SEC schools who just happened to be on Tennessee's 2010 schedule.

On a positive note, it should be noted that the highest score on this year's Wonderlic test was turned in by an SEC player. Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy was correct on 43 of the 49 questions he answered.

Of course, he's projected as a late-round Draft pick ...


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