A.J. Green bombs in Wonderlic — does that mean anything?

Maybe his Wonderlic was low but a receiver who can do this should be plenty good enough for NFL.

Green's Wonderlic was low but receiver who can do this should be plenty good enough for NFL.

Let me start this by saying that Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green is one of the most talented and impactful college players I’ve ever seen and I believe he will have an outstanding NFL career. So don’t shoot the messenger.

But according to Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki, who’s actually one of the more respected draft analysts out there, Green had the lowest Wonderlic score of any wide receiver at the recent NFL scouting combine and was among the five lowest testers among 330 draft prospects.

Green answered only 10 of 50 questions correctly in the allotted 12 minutes. If you’re not familiar with the Wonderlic, it’s a general intelligence test. The average football player scores in the low 20s. If you want to take a sample test, here’s a link. (Remember, you only get 12 minutes.)

Back to Green. NFL personnel directors weigh the importance of the Wonderlic differently. Logically, the results may be more significant for a quarterback than a nose tackle. (Not to pick on nose tackles.)

In Green’s case, some scouts may consider a low test score as an indication that he won’t be able to absorb the complexities of an offense quickly. Nawrocki touched on this, adding that it “creates more pressure for a receiver like Green, but teams are still split about how much of a concern his score is.”

He quoted one talent evaluator saying: “He will get it. You’re going to have to take it slow with him and let him start at one position and let him learn on the run. He’s not going to be able to handle learning all three positions. If you ask him to be an X, Y and Z, you’re setting him up for failure.”

But another said: “A.J. won’t reach his full potential. It’s hard for dumb receivers. I don’t know that [Alabama's] Julio Jones [who scored a 15, ranking in the bottom 12 among wideouts] will be much better.”

A third scout said: “You can’t cover that guy. He’s so difficult to defend. Will it take him some time? It could. That’s on the coaches. It’s their job not to give him too much. If you overload him, you could have some problems initially, but he’s a great kid. He’ll work at it. And he’ll get it.”

My thoughts: Green probably will be among the top six selections in the draft and the team that takes him won’t regret it. Agree or disagree? And for anybody who has 12 free minutes, take the Wonderlic and tell us your score. It could be fun. Or embarrassing.

By Jeff Schultz

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522 comments Add your comment

Paul

March 18th, 2011
2:24 pm

AJ seems to be second to Julio in several major measurables this year.

Matt

March 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

Soooooo it’s going to affect his ability to get open and catch balls???? Didn’t think so.

Macclenny_dawg

March 18th, 2011
2:29 pm

He will be fine just throw him the ball!!! He will get it!!!

UGA

March 18th, 2011
2:31 pm

Sad, wonder what his college admission criteria was? Fogs glass in front of nose – ACCEPTED!

Kevin

March 18th, 2011
2:32 pm

Minus 5 on your Wonderlic score, Jeff, for using “impactful.”

Slick

March 18th, 2011
2:33 pm

Does it mean anything? Yes. When Green says that he didn’t know selling his game jersey would be a big deal now I’m more inclined to believe him.

Douglas

March 18th, 2011
2:34 pm

Let’s see…UGA had a pretty complicated offense and he seemed to pick it up just fine. I’ve seen Geeks do pretty well on tests like this but lousy when it comes to practical questions in life. I don’t test well either on SAT’s, etc., but graduated Cum Laude in UGA’s business school and was in the honors program, was accepted to the Univ. of Chicago graduate school, and now have two master’s degrees with a 3.8 GPA. Tests don’t always reveal how smart you are.

Paul

March 18th, 2011
2:35 pm

And I got a 30 out of 50 in under 12 minutes. Thanks for the Friday afternoon pick me up, Mr. Schultz.

Hollywould

March 18th, 2011
2:37 pm

Got 28/ Maybe Green will drop to the Falcons now. (I wish)

Jeff Schultz

March 18th, 2011
2:37 pm

Kevin — It’s in dictionary.com. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/impactful
That’s good enough for me — unless an editor tells me otherwise. OK, I’ll call her and check.

steverino

March 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

Trojan

March 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

It means that Jeff can write about UGA once again.

jp

March 18th, 2011
2:38 pm

it’s widely been proven that standardized testing is unfair and skewed towards the more affluent community.

Who Cares

March 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

Who cares. The guy was dumb enough to sell his bowl game jersey on ebay, that should tell you all you need to know. Why do people really care what a former player does, especially one that lets his team mates down and his fans down by selling his jersey and getting suspended for 4 games, and then he bolts for the NFL, and let’s everyone down again. Why write articles about the guy, forget him, i can assure you he has forgotten about UGA. Jones will be a much better pro receiver than Green. But after hearing about how dumb they both are, who really cares.

Jeff Schultz

March 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

Hollywould — Hah! A.J. dropping to the Falcons? Dream on. Now, if they can move up . . .

SouthGaBrave

March 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

Paul,

Except the one that matters most for a receiver, what he does on the field.

secondguesser

March 18th, 2011
2:39 pm

He’ll never make it. Only rocket scientists excell in the NFL. The game is too complex!

Jeff Schultz

March 18th, 2011
2:40 pm

Who Cares — Dumb? I said it before — AJ deserved an honorary MBA for being able to sell his Independence Bowl jersey for $1,000.

JDawg1785

March 18th, 2011
2:40 pm

I’m with Douglas here. Some people do well with those SAT kinds of tests and some people don’t. It doesn’t mean that those who do well aren’t talented in any other facet of life.

AJ is a phenomenal athlete and performed very well in UGA’s offense. There’s no reason to doubt he won’t be an amazing NFL receiver because he can’t solve some stupid math problem about when a train leaving Tuscon going 80 mph will meet a train leaving Chicago going 100 mph.

Wuzzup

March 18th, 2011
2:43 pm

Green was never anything more than a two-bit illiterate punk. Why would anyone think he could pass an intelligence test?

BreakingNews

March 18th, 2011
2:43 pm

A.J. and Julio will both be fine. Also, 10 bucks says Nick Fairley had the lowest score…guy needs subtitles when he does interviews

Larry

March 18th, 2011
2:45 pm

AJ being stupid isn’t a shock.

GumpBall

March 18th, 2011
2:45 pm

I think the Gump line “Stupid is as Stupid does” is fitting hear. AJ’s new home field fans should get their signage cordinated now!

hey....

March 18th, 2011
2:47 pm

Shep

March 18th, 2011
2:47 pm

… graduated Cum Laude in UGA’s business school and was in the honors program.

So which fast food joint do you work at, assuming that you have a job? :-)

BigTimeTECHFan

March 18th, 2011
2:47 pm

Forget the Wonderlic score:
Watch his film, he’s got all the tools to be a great receiver
Biggest issue I see is he can’t take hits well, one big hit and he’s out of games, or running scared the rest of the game.

Tucker T

March 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

You don’t have to be that smart to play receiver. How many smart but slower recievers are there that have been successful? Not many. If it was a QB then I would be scared. Makes you wonder how he got through 3 years of college though.

Pierson Brave

March 18th, 2011
2:52 pm

The test that the link goes to is a 20 question test that you get 5 minutes to complete. my score on that test was 45! I bet that there are few that get No. 10 or No. 18. Have fun! Go Braves! and Gators!

George Stein

March 18th, 2011
2:52 pm

It’s widely been proven that standardized tests are skewed toward the more intelligent, jp.

Funny comment, Slick.

SOGADOG

March 18th, 2011
2:54 pm

Are you kidding? They give NFL prospects an IQ test? Poor AJ, how embarrassing.

Kevin

March 18th, 2011
2:54 pm

And this is a surprise??? What’s your point…he went to UGA for cryin out loud.

TommyJack

March 18th, 2011
2:54 pm

Hear he has a 4.0 at GA.

Jeff Schultz

March 18th, 2011
2:55 pm

FOR KEVIN ONLY: Here’s link to an entire thesis for you on the word “impactful.” My view: There’s enough debate that it’s good enough for a blog. Hah!
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/mcintyre/blog/2007/02/oh_the_impact.html

rollo lawson

March 18th, 2011
2:55 pm

I could see how someone could miss some of those answers. I bet some of you couldn’t hit 30 on it. I took it an got a 35. Of course, I don’t have Millions of $$$ riding on my score, so no pressure. Get off this guys back. What did you score Schultz, I’m curious?

Lowcountry Dawg

March 18th, 2011
2:56 pm

The kid is from South Carolina. He can’t help it. There is only so much a school can do.

Jeff Schultz

March 18th, 2011
2:56 pm

GT Crow — That’s not going to fly. Clean it up or risk banning.

JOEinPHX

March 18th, 2011
2:57 pm

I just scored a 45, but I sucked at the combine.

uga_b

March 18th, 2011
2:58 pm

I have a hard time giving much credence to a test that rhodes scholar finalist can’t get above 43. However, you still hope players would do well. As long as the route tree isn’t based on some kind of mathematic equation, he should be fine.

Dagny

March 18th, 2011
2:59 pm

I looked at the test. Anyone who only got 20% of the right answers has to be so incredibly stupid that it’s almost beyond belief.

And Saint Mark has a whole team of these morons.

rollo lawson

March 18th, 2011
3:00 pm

It’s funny how only a couple of posters on this blog actually took the sample test and posted their score. The self-proclaimed “einsteins” have not and resort to posting negative comments on the guys intelligence. By the way, I got question #10, but missed #18.

Dog Kicker

March 18th, 2011
3:01 pm

If it wernt for football I would not be playing football today!!

Troy Taylor

March 18th, 2011
3:03 pm

Jeez, how did he get accepted into college?

Can it be true?

March 18th, 2011
3:04 pm

No wonder he was dumb enough to sell his jersey and put this last year in the tank….. the truth rises to the top baby.

Pa in East Point

March 18th, 2011
3:05 pm

Obviously, any Dawgtard player who’s not going to the NFL needs to be practicing saying “You want fries with that?”

Thugs and goons.

There’s a reason UGA is known worldwide as The Cesspool of the South.

Not Breaking News

March 18th, 2011
3:06 pm

Another ignorant athlete from ugag. Not breaking news. Bet he reads on a 3rd grade level too.

Darrah

March 18th, 2011
3:08 pm

“Jeez, how did he get accepted into college?”

Think about the football team THUGA puts on the field. 82% of the players are academically provisionally accepted, with Richt and his cronies knowing full well that they will use up all their coaching and tutors and elligibility and then have their asses kicked out on the street and soon be pushing grocery carts around Atlanta looking for a warm place to sleep. What a pitiful way to run the State’s flagship university

GTBob

March 18th, 2011
3:08 pm

Wow. Even Cam got 21 of them right.

Funny

March 18th, 2011
3:09 pm

… graduated Cum Laude in UGA’s business school and was in the honors program.

Hoss, you’re on par with the rest of the stupid rednecks that come out of Ugay.

Paul in RDU

March 18th, 2011
3:10 pm

I am sure that AJ will do well in the NFL. Didn’t Terry Bradshaw have a low Wonderlic score and he was fairly successful as a QB?
I have to wonder how someone can spend 3 years at a major research university and have such a low score on the Wonderlic test – my middle school daughter could score better than 10 on the sample test.

GT Crow

March 18th, 2011
3:11 pm

So sorry for my rude comment. – “Excuse me, Sir. I have the ability to catch a football whilst simultaneously running the rout assigned to me. Be it determined in the huddle, pre-snap, or chosen from a series of routs deemed appropriate based on the defensive formation and movement after play has commenced.” Fixed