Remember when many pundits wondered whether Vince Young’s low Wonderlic score would hurt his status in the NFL Draft? Well, apparently having a score that is too high is equally damaging to a player’s professional hopes.
Alabama quarterback, Greg McElroy, recently made headlines for getting 48/50 on his Wonderlic exam. The high score puts him in elite company and, apparently, hurts his NFL Draft stock.
According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio:
Scoring too high can be as much of a problem as scoring too low. Football coaches want to command the locker room. Being smarter than the individual players makes that easier. Having a guy in the locker room who may be smarter than every member of the coaching staff can be viewed as a problem — or at a minimum as a threat to the egos of the men who hope to be able when necessary to outsmart the players, especially when trying in some way to manipulate them.
Moral of the story: kids, if you have professional football aspirations, don’t be such a smart ass.
I mean, don't be a Rhodes scholarship finalist. Don’t get only one B in college. And most importantly, don’t try too hard on the one exam that they give at the combine that is actually supposed to measure your intelligence.