Bradford scores a 36 in the Wonderlic

The NFL is a collision sport where the ability to run fast and hit hard constitute two attributes that come at a premium.

Every year at the combine in Indianapolis, prospects are put through a multitude of physical tests ranging from how high they can jump to how fast they can cover 40 yards.

However, there is one aspect of the combine that tends to go overlooked each year when hundreds of NFL-hopefuls gather in Indianapolis in the hopes of improving their stock for April’s draft.

The infamous Wonderlic test.

The NFL administers a 12-minute, 50 question exam every year at the combine known as the Wonderlic test, which involves a series of multiple-choice questions aimed at evaluating a prospect’s problem-solving abilities.

Edgar Thompson of the Palm Beach Post got his hands on some of the results from this year’s exam. Among the highly touted quarterback prospects set to enter the NFL this April, Oklahoma signal-caller Sam Bradford finished at the top of the class with a 36.

Texas’ Colt McCoy (25), Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen (23) and Florida’s Tim Tebow (22) all landed right around the average for an NFL quarterback, which is a score of 24, according to Thompson.

Some of the top quarterback scores in Wonderlic history include Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 48 (what did you expect? The kid went to Harvard), Alex Smith’s 40, Eli Manning’s 39 and Matthew Stafford’s 38.

And then there’s the guys like Donovan McNabb (14), David Garrard (14), Terry Bradshaw (15) and Chris Leak (8), who give writers like myself something to talk about every year.

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