DeShone Kizer Wonderlic Score

Of all the quarterbacks that entered the 2017 NFL draft DeShone Kizer was considered a quarterback that could make a biggest splash entering the NFL. Kizer had the talent from playing at Notre Dame that seemed would translate well into the NFL.

Unfortunately for Kizer, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, who promptly went 0-16. While some blame may be attributed to Kizer, he really had little talent around him to make anything happen.

Leading up to the NFL draft, of all the tests DeShone Kizer went through at the NFL Combine one test evaluated his ability to think both critically and quickly, and Kizer faired pretty well on it. DeShone Kizer’s Wonderlic test score of 28 was above average for quarterbacks and is a score that will unlikely affect his draft position.

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While at Notre Dame, DeShone Kizer was described as a quarterback that could scramble and could quickly turn a broken play into a positive one. At the same time he had great passing abilities and was a pass first quarterback. Many analysts accurately predicted that DeShone Kizer would go to Cleveland, where they would be looking for a quarterback that could throw well while on the move and run the ball when needed.


Interestingly, Kizer was for a long stretch of time considered the number one quarterback coming into the 2017 NFL draft. Eventually other quarterbacks like Trubisky and Watson took center stage, and even Patrick Mahomes leapfrogged Kizer in the QB rankings.

So how did that happen? Did Kizer’s Wonderlic score have anything to do with it? DeShone Kizer was up against many other great quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft, and once the Wonderlic scores were released, he was immediately compared to all of them.

Other QBs in the 2017 NFL Draft

Take a look at other quarterbacks taken in the 2017 NFL draft. We pulled their Wonderlic score of quarterbacks and matched them based on the draft order of the quarterbacks. Kizer had the highest Wonderlic score of the top 5 QBs drafted, so it’s impossible to say that he was drafted 4th because of a poor Wonderlic score.

2017 QB Wonderlic Scores
Quarterback Wonderlic Score Position Team
Mitchell Trubisky 25 Round 1 – No. 2 Bears
Patrick Mahomes 24 Round 1 – No. 10 Chiefs
Deshaun Watson 20 Round 1 – No. 12 Texans
Deshone Kizer 28 Round 2 – No. 52 Browns
Davis Webb 25 Round 3 – No. 87 Giants
C.J. Beathard 26 Round 3 – No. 104 49ers
Josh Dobbs 29 Round 4 – No.135 Steelers
Nathan Peterman 33 Round 5 – No. 171 Bills
Brad Kaaya 34 Round 6 – No. 215 Lions
Chad Kelly 22 Round 7 – No. 253 Broncos

While 28 is a decent Wonderlic score, it was not tremendously impressive. For example, Carson Wentz and Jared Goff scored 40 and 36 on the Wonderlic the previous year. Both scores were higher than any QB taken in the 2017 NFL draft.

Why The Wonderlic?

The Wonderlic test has been used during the NFL Combine since the 1970s. This is largely due to Tom Landry, the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach, using the Wonderlic test as a metric when evaluating draft picks. The Wonderlic test also allows us to compare scores of today’s top prospects to NFL players who have already played out their careers and are in the Hall of Fame.

The Wonderlic is a 12 minute 50 question test that consists of math problems, logic problems and common knowledge questions. Wonderlic test questions are known to have useless information contained within the questions, or are intentionally confusing, which requires test takers to weed out important information or quickly process and digest information.take a sample test blue callout copy

Because the Wonderlic test only lasts 12 minutes, many test takers are unable to complete all answers on the test in the given time limit. Many of the lowest test scores you see from NFL players are not due to their inability to answer questions correctly, but their inability to get to the second half of the test in the allotted time frame.