Second aptitude test will accompany Wonderlic at combine

Posted Feb. 17, 2013 @ 4:34 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

When hundreds of the nation's top draft prospects converge at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week, the Wonderlic won't be the only aptitude test they will take.

National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster recently told NFL.com's Albert Breer a second test has been implemented and will be used for the first time at the combine.

Foster said the hope is that the new test, which the league teamed up with a university professor to create, "is something that is a little more evolved than the Wonderlic."

The subject of much criticism since its introduction in the 1970's by former Cowboys head coach Tom Landry, the Wonderlic, which has been present at the combine every year for the past several decades, is administered to prospects to determine intelligence. Opinions vary on the effectiveness and importance of the test, featuring 50 questions and a 12-minute time limit for completion.

Testing methods have been modified and expanded at the combine for many years, with this second aptitude test the most recent evolution. Agents and others in prospects' inner circles help players prepare thorougly for the Wonderlic test and many other elements of the combine, which, in a lot of ways, resembles a job interview, but this new evaluation could potentially present some curveballs, given the lack of familiarity.