Scouting Combine: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?


If you’ve always wondered where the phrase “dumb jock” came from, look no further.

All weekend, draft-eligible football players will be strutting their stuff in Indianapolis in front of the watchful eyes of NFL general managers, coaches and scouts.  It’s treated like a cattle auction.

One other part of the process is the Wonderlic Test which is administered to each player.  Think of it as an IQ test without an IQ.

Floating around the net, there are some sample questions from the test.  We have some of them after the jump.

1.  Assume the first 2 statements are true.  Is the final one:

1. true  2. false  3. not certain

The boy plays baseball.  All baseball players wear hats.  The boy wears a hat.

2.  Paper sells for 21 cents per pad.  What will 4 pads cost?

3.  When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?

4.  The ninth month of the year is:

1.  October  2. January  3. June  4.  September  5. May

5.  Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?

7  .8  31  .33  2

After reading these questions, it’s hard not to ask how someone would score in the single-digits on this test.  We won’t name names here but…geez!

Granted, there is a time limit and some questions may go unanswered but it would be difficult to imagine scoring less than a 10 considering that we’re dealing with college-educated individuals.  Even if they didn’t graduate they should still be able to ace this test.

Makes it pretty easy to understand the phrase “dumb jock,” doesn’t it?