Russell Wilson’s Wonderlic Test Score

Russell Wilson was drafted in the 2012 NFL draft and was selected in the third round as the 75th overall pick. There was plenty of great talent that year in the quarterback position, most notably Andrew Luck being drafted 1st and Robert Griffin III right behind him at 2nd. Other notable QBs that went ahead of Russell Wilson in that draft include Ryan Tannehill as the 8th pick, Brandon Weeden at 22, and finally Brock Osweiler at 57. That’s five quarterbacks that were selected before Russell Wilson – pretty amazing considering what we now know.

Would NFL scouts have benefited from paying closer attention to test results coming out of the NFL Combine, most notably Russell Wilson’s Wonderlic score of 28? The short answer, probably not.

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The average NFL player scores about a 21 on the Wonderlic, and quarterbacks average a little bit higher with a 24. While Russell Wilson scored higher than the average quarterback taking the Wonderlic his score was nothing to brag about.

Evaluating everyone else in his draft that went ahead of him Russell Wilson only beat out Brock Osweiler and Robert Griffin III, and not by much:

  • Andrew Luck – 37
  • Ryan Tannehill – 34
  • Brandon Weeden – 27
  • Russell Wilson – 28
  • Brock Osweiler – 25
  • Robert Griffin III – 24

However the reason why so many other quarterbacks were selected ahead of Russell Wilson likely had very little to do with his Wonderlic score.

Everyone knew that Russell Wilson had the talent to be a great quarterback, but no one really thought the NC State transfer and Wisconsin graduate had the size to make it in the NFL. There have been plenty of mobile quarterbacks with great talent, none more notable than Robert Griffin III in Russell Wilson’s draft.

With this only being Russell Wilson’s 4th year in the NFL he has proven every critic wrong and made himself into a household name.

He has several rookie quarterback records including being tied with Peyton Manning for having the most passing touchdowns in a season by a rookie, having the most passing yards in a playoff game by a rookie, and having the best touchdown pass/interception differential for a rookie. However a Super Bowl win in 2013 and an almost repeat Super Bowl win in 2014 was what really set Russell Wilson into the elite quarterback category.

The Wonderlic was introduced into the NFL combine process in the 1970s and has been used ever since. While the test has received a great deal of criticism for being ineffective and not accurate and predicting future outcomes of NFL players there are a few strong advantages for using the Wonderlic.

  • Level playing field – As much as people dislike standardized tests, everyone takes the same test, which gives NFL scouts something concrete that they can use to evaluate players. Very similar to the physical tests that players take throughout the Combine.
  • It’s quick – 50 questions and only 12 minutes to take the test means that players don’t need to spend much time in the Combine taking the test.
  • It’s reliable – Studies have shown that the Wonderlic test is very consistent year after year, which is impressive for how short the test is.take a sample test blue callout copy

So what do you think? Do you think Russell Wilson’s Wonderlic score of 28 is beatable? We provide Wonderlic sample tests that allow you to estimate what score you would get if you were to take the Wonderlic along with Russell Wilson. Give it a try!