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Browns Acquire IQ-- Will lead to Superbowl

By Adam Doc Fox

It used to be: “Me football player. Me like smash and hit. Me win game and take woman to make sex. "
Now it is: “In the 3-4 Sky Trio Zone, I need to fake the blitz, crash the line on the outside, and make sure our safety scans the middle and doesn’t get beat deep.”

Ok, so football is more complicated today---bigger playbooks with endless audibles, headsets in helmets, trying to balance sexually assaulting casino hosts with winning Superbowls, etc. So how much does intelligence weigh on performance, especially since the Browns draft was so intelligence based?

The IQ doesn’t matter argument:
At the NFL combine, players are given the Wonderlic Test: a 50-question IQ exam that’s to be completed in 12 minutes. To be fair, according to, “The average NFL test-taker scores a little above average” on the Wonderlic than the average person. But what about the below average performer?
• Kellen Winslow Jr. scored a 12 out of a possible 50 points on the Wonderlic. (That is below Security Guard-17, and Warehouse Employee-15. See complete list below**) It’s hard to tell what job Kellen could actually do in the outside world, but in the NFL, he was a Pro-Bowl tight end.
• Vince Young won a national championship against an “unbeatable” USC team, was the number one draft-pick, and went to the Pro-Bowl… all with the horribly low score of 6.
• Dan Marino reportedly scored between a 14-16 on that IQ test, and yet he is one of the best passers the game has ever seen.

IQ definitely matters argument:
Before we get to the actual numbers of how high Wonderlic scores affect performance, let’s look at the player’s full body of work:
Sure Kellen Winslow Jr. and Vince Young can play football, but they are also both head-cases. Kellen likes to scream about being a soldier and wrecking his bike while Vince can’t handle people in the crowd yelling at him, causing him to lose his starting spot while his mom is sent to defend him.
Ben Roethlisberger has won a couple of Superbowls, but his below the QB average score also has him speeding around wrecking his bike along with allegedly forcing a girl into sex (the “Steeler way of having sex”).

On the other hand, Bengals punter and Harvard grad Pat McInally scored a perfect 50 on the Wonderlic, and he was a Pro-Bowler and a 1st-Team All-Pro with no off-field issues.

The numbers: 68 Quarterbacks were drafted from 2000-2004. Criteria Resources ran some number on those QBs to see if the Wonderlic was a “Predictor of Performance.” Here are the results:

The QBs that scored under the average for quarterbacks on the test averaged: 5,202 yards passing and 31.2 touchdowns in their first four years.
The QBs that scored over the average for quarterbacks on the test averaged: 6,570 yards passing and 40.8 TDs in their first four years.

Intelligence Conclusion:
There are always going to be freak of nature athletes that can perform day after day, even if they still can’t master tying their shoes. But over a long enough period of time, a lack of intelligence usually leads to stupid acts. The smart player will perform well. And so might the dumb one, but eventually Captain stupid will corrupt your locker room, community, and game play.

Browns Draft and Pick-Up Intelligence:
• Alex Mack: Cal-Berkeley graduate who won the Draddy Trophy (academic Heisman)

• David Veikune: Hawaii grad that was a three year WAC All-Academic

• Brian Robiskie: Ohio State grad who was an Academic All-Big-Ten, Academic All-American, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award winner, and a Draddy Award nominee.

• Eric “Mangenius” Mangini: The name says it all.

The Conclusion Conclusion:
Due to the influx of pure intelligence, the “Smart Browns” will now be an unstoppable force as they deduct their way to the Superbowl.

** Wonderlic Averages/Comparisons:
Offensive tackles: 26
Centers: 25
Quarterbacks: 24
Guards: 23
Tight Ends: 22
Safeties: 19
Middle linebackers: 19
Cornerbacks: 18
Wide receivers: 17
Fullbacks: 17
Halfbacks: 16

Other professions score like this:

Chemist: 31
Programmer: 29
Newswriter: 26
Sales: 24
Bank teller: 22
Clerical Worker: 21
Security Guard: 17
Warehouse: 15

----Adam Doc Fox


  1. Adumb deducts; Mangenius deduces.

  2. Most psychologists agree that the Wonderlic remains one of the simplest but most reliable examination tools to measure aptitude for learning and problem solving. It does not measure raw intelligence per se; but rather the ability to learn new concepts quickly and to reason logically. In my opinion, it should not be scrapped from the Combine as it is an important piece of the puzzle in terms of evaluating prospects.