2012 NFL Draft: Did LSU's Mo Claiborne Score a 4 on the Wonderlic Test?


Mo Claiborne may have officially etched his name into the record books recently. Unfortunately, not for interceptions or tackles or any other noteworthy accomplishment you would expect from a cornerback. No, the reason that one of the five best college football players available in the upcoming NFL Draft finds himself in the news on this fine day is because he reportedly bombed the infamous -- and in many cases, entirely useless -- Wonderlic Test.

How bad did he do? If the reports are true – he got a four. Not a four out of five. Not a four out of 10. Not a four out of 20. A four out of 50.

The good folks at ProFootballTalk put that score in perspective for us:

Yes.  A four.  Out of 50.

Six years ago, quarterback Vince Young initially got a six.  Re-scoring of the test bumped it to a seven.  A next-day Mulligan moved it to 13.

Finally, Young has someone at whom he can point and laugh.

For what it’s worth, not every successful college football player with a low Wonderlic Test goes on to have a hard time in the pro ranks. On the contrary, Dan Marino scored a 16 and went on to have a legendary career. (And at a position where a low Wonderlic Test score should have theoretically meant more.) More recently, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green got a 10 on his Wonderlic Test, and he had a great rookie campaign last season.  

A guy’s score on the Wonderlic may tell you nothing. Or it may tell you everything. We’ll find out what’s what with Claiborne soon enough.

Does this take him down a few spaces in our new Mock Draft?

Find out for yourselves.

(Note: Tune in on Tuesday to the Bottom Line Sports Show as they talk all things NFL, and have one lucky NFL Draft prospect on to discuss what the future holds.)

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