by Tommy Gimler
Former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is projected to go the Minnesota Vikings with the third overall pick in tomorrow night’s NFL Draft, but odds are that he’ll need help finding Minnesota on a map.
The physically-gifted cornerback scored a 4 earlier this month on the Wonderlic test that is administered to all NFL hopefuls at the NFL Scouting Combine. The athletes have 12 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions, and Claiborne’s score of 4 means that he answered only 4 of those 50 questions correctly. The average cornerback scored an 18.
Wonderlic, Inc. has said a score under 10 takes an athlete into Dexter Manley territory and questions that athlete’s literacy. The list of some of the other athletes who have turned in Gump-like scores has a few familiar names:
Vince Young (Texas) – 6 (later turned in a 14)
Frank Gore (Miami) – 6
David Irons (Auburn) – 4
Junior Rosegreen (Auburn) – 2
Kenny Irons (Auburn) – ? (one writer claimed it was actually a zero)
So, what exactly does it take to get into Auburn University, a pulse? Or LSU for that matter? Do you get your bachelor’s degree just by spelling “concrete” and “jackhammer” correctly after your fourth year?
Here are sample questions that these student-athletes are having trouble solving:
1) Lemonade sells for 17 cents per cup. What will 6 cups cost?
2) What comes next in the following sequence:
29 28 26 23 19 ?
3) The seventh month of the year is:
4) Which of the figures in the following drawing is most different from the others?
5) “The boy plays football. All football players wear shoes. The boy wears shoes.” Assume the first two statements are true. The final statement is:
c) Not Certain
How are these guys missing number five?
So, are you smarter than Kenny Irons, Vince Young, and /or Morris Claiborne? Time to find out. Only one perfect score of 50 has ever been recorded by an NFL player (Bengals punter and Harvard graduate Pat McInally), so odds are your University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh degree won’t put you next to his name.
If your name is Morris Claiborne, then you might want to try this one instead…