INDIANAPOLIS - As the draft prospects descend upon Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine, there are a number of elements to what it described essentially as a job interview for these players.
There are the physical elements of the Combine which include timing and testing drills as well as medical checkups. There is also a mental element to the Combine as well. One of the most well-known, or infamous depending on whom you ask, is the Wonderlic test. As players leave their college teams for dreams of becoming a pro, there is one step back in time with this exam which is designed - according to the Wonderlic website - to "measure a candidate's ability to understand instructions, learn, adapt, solve problems and handle the mental demands of the position."
A common football cliché is that the game is very similar to chess. Schemes have become so complicated that players have to decipher a lot on information pre- and post-snap. In fact, many coaches will say that one of the most important parts of the game now is the pre-snap recognition. It's a 12-minute exam that will be scrutinized by NFL teams, but should not be the ultimate determining factor one way or another.
The people at Wonderlic provided us with this sample questionnaire to get an idea of the types of questions asked (answers below).
1. Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will 4 pads cost?
2. A train travels 20 feet in 1/5 second. At this same speed, how many feet will it travel in three seconds?
3. A boy is 17 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 23 years old, what will be the age of his sister?
Answers: 1. (84 cents) 2. (300 feet) 3. (40 years old)
The questions are not difficult, but there are 50 of them and there is information that has to be processed and processed quickly. Results are not made public, but certain ones tend to leak out every year.
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