Patrick Mahomes Wonderlic Score

Patrick Mahomes was one of the top top quarterbacks drafted in the 2017 NFL draft, being taken 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite playing second fiddle to Alex Smith, many fans and even some analyists are saying that it’s time to give Patrick Mahomes the chance he deserves to prove that he is the better quarterback and already has what it takes to lead the Kansas City Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes Wonderlic score has been released! Patrick Mahomes scored a 24 on the Wonderlic which is about middle-of-the-pack when looking at the score of Quarterbacks. Because most teams generally consider Wonderlic scores if they are below average, and given Mahomes’ proven on the field talent, his Wonderlic test score was not significantly affected on draft day.

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More on Patrick Mahomes’ Wonderlic Score

Looking at the quarterbacks in Mahomes’ class, he was drafted second in his draft class behind Mitchell Trubisky. Using the table below, you can view all Wonderlic scores of quarterbacks drafted in 2017, organized by their draft position.

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

None of the Wonderlic test scores were outstanding in 2017, so it did not seem to play a big factor in 2017. For comparison, Jared Goff scored a 36 and Carson Wentz scored a 40 the year before the 2017 draft. Both of their scores are higher than any QB Wonderlic score in the 2017 draft.

Mahomes’ score is also above average, when compared to the general population. As you can see in the graph below, a very small percentage of the population scores 35 or higher, and the average is close to 20.

wonderlic score percentiles

About Patrick Mahomes

Pat Mahomes played his College football at Texas Tech, where he was known for putting up big stats through the air and on the ground. Mahomes won the starter position his freshman year, and had impressive numbers for both his Freshman and Sophomore seasons. However, his Junior season was his most impressive year and caught the eye of many NFL scouts. He threw for 5052 yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also proved to be a more composed quarterback, recognizing open receivers, controlling the tempo of his offense and consistently making accurate throws.

Mahomes also seems to have the talent required at the NFL level and shows a great deal of promise as a starter in the NFL. His arm strength may be the best in this year’s quarterback class, and he has been known to throw bullets to receivers in tight windows (which will only get tighter in the NFL). In fact he is known to throw 93 mph fastballs as a baseball pitcher.

With most college quarterback being drafted, there will be many adjustments that Mahomes will need to make at the NFL level. Many of the plays he ran in college, including screens, quick passes and quarterback runs, will not be reliable in the NFL. While Mahomes was excellent at scrambling and extending the play, he will now be up against the strongest and fastest defensive football players in the world. He will need to learn the fine line at the NFL level of when to scramble and how to avoid costly sacks or interceptions when under pressure.

About the Wonderlic Test

The Wonderlic test is a cognitive ability test given to all participants of the NFL Scouting Combine. All test takers must complete the entire 50 question test in under 12 minutes, meaning they are given only about 14 seconds per question. Questions are similar to what you would expect to find on an IQ test and calculators are not allowed to solve math related questions. take a sample test blue callout copy

While many argue that it is not a good measure of future success for all position players, many consider it to be particularly important for quarterbacks. Because good quarterbacks at the NFL level must memorize opposing defensive players and schemes along with knowing their own offensive information, some form of cognitive ability testing seems appropriate for the position. Because the Wonderlic is a test of both smarts and quick thinking, it also seems appropriate for a football position that demands the ability to think fast.

Check out other 2017 QB Wonderlic scores to see how well Mahomes compares to other quarterbacks in his class. Because quarterbacks are at a premium during this particular offseason, a great deal of attention will be given to Patrick Mahomes and his Wonderlic test score, along with other statistics coming from the NFL combine.