Morris Claiborne says he blew off part of the Wonderlic test

Morris Claiborne was heavily ridiculed for recording one of the lowest Wonderlic test scores in memory — a 4 out of 50 — and said on Thursday he blew off parts of the test.

Claiborne, who was drafted sixth overall by the Cowboys, told the media he had problems with the test and didn’t work through certain areas because he didn’t believe it was pertinent to football.

“I’m human. I had a problem with some of it. I didn’t let it get me down. I knew it didn’t reflect on how I learn or what type of person I am. I looked at the test, and there wasn’t any questions that came with football. Some of the questions were not about football, so I pretty much blew it off.

“All the talk that I was hearing about the Wonderlic is that it’s just not that important,” he said. “Everybody I talked to, even coaches and all, they were like, ‘That test doesn’t mean nothing. That test is not going to declare where you go in the draft or nothing like that. So if they don’t have any football on there, I’m here for football, so what?”

It was reported that Claiborne had a learning disability and that was part of the reason why he scored so poorly. Claiborne’s comments reflect that possibility. He was also right; the score didn’t keep him from being drafted highly.

It’s too bad Claiborne’s score was leaked, but he’ll have a chance to erase that memory if he plays well for Dallas.

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Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a 4 on Wonderlic, said to have learning disability

LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne was heavily ridiculed Tuesday when it was leaked that he scored a 4 on the Wonderlic cognitive test administered to NFL prospects at the scouting combine. Claiborne’s four was the lowest known score since 2000, according to ESPN, and seemingly the lowest score by a notable prospect since Vince Young’s 6.

How much does Claiborne’s reported 4 matter? Not much. He’s a cornerback, not a quarterback, so as long as he can shut down receivers (which he did at LSU), that’s the most important factor. He’s still expected to be a top-five draft pick, as he should be.

But here’s another important point: Greg Gabriel of National Football Post says Claiborne has a learning disability that relates to his ability to read. Gabriel also believes the score was leaked by a team hoping to scare franchises drafting ahead of them from selecting Claiborne so that they can. If that’s the case, it’s a pretty crappy way of going about things.

A few years ago we talked about Hakeem Nicks bombing the Wonderlic, and he’s become one of the top wide receivers in football. The test may have some meaning, but scoring poorly on it doesn’t preclude a player from becoming great. It seems its largest significance is providing the media and fans with fodder to mock those who score poorly each season, even if it’s due to disabilities.

Oh, and Russell Shepard, if you’re going to defend your friend for a poor score, at least learn how to spell “congratulations” properly.

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Matthew Stafford Dominates Wonderlic Test, Hakeem Nicks Bombs

Although I’m not much of a fan of the NFL combine, I have to say I enjoy when the Wonderlic scores come out. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Wonderlic, it’s a test that’s administered to judge mental swiftness of players. The test asks 50 problem solving questions in 12 minutes and one point is awarded for every correct answer. Vince Young notoriously bombed the test, getting an embarrassingly low 5. Based on the way his career has gone, a low score like that would definitely signal a red flag to me. Luckily for this year’s crop nobody scored that poorly. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford stood out ringing up a 38 according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Mark Sanchez of USC scored a respectable 28. As far as positions go, the wide receiver crop certainly disappointed. Like 100% Injury Rate wrote, let’s just hope they can read these headlines:

Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech scored a 15, Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland scored a 14, and Percy Harvin of Florida scored a 12. Hakeem Nicks of UNC wowed everyone with an 11 … Jeremy Maclin of Missouri scored a 25, so he’s like the Einstein of this year’s receiving corps.

While it’s an excellent sign for a guy like Stafford where learning a playbook, thinking on the spot, and adjusting to defenses is absolutely critical, the Wonderlic is far less important for a receiver. Honestly, does it really matter how poorly Nicks scored when he can do this on the field? Brains certainly help in football, but that sort of thing is just about natural, athletic ability, excellent hands, and superior concentration. Let’s see if the Lions bite on Stafford based on the Wonderlic considering they might already be in contract negotiations with the first overall pick.