No, the Wonderlic isn’t totally dead. But it’s close to the end. And you know what? Good riddance.

I would say “rest in peace,” but that would be a lie. I don’t want it to do that. I want it to be forgotten. To be seen as a relic. To be scorned. To be seen as one of the worst ideas the NFL ever had, because it is.

The NFL obviously feels the same way because the league announced it was no longer using the test. The Associated Press was the first to report on a memo distributed by the league office to member clubs that the 50-question intelligence test annually utilized during the pre-draft process was no longer going to be used at the scouting combine.

Later, however, the league office clarified that the NFL itself will no longer administer the test, but individual teams can.

But this in itself is significant and means that while the Wonderlic isn’t officially dead, the controversial test is pretty much a goner.

That’s because it’s likely a number of players would refuse to take it since it’s no longer mandated by the NFL. It could easily become like players at the scouting combine refusing to run the 40-yard dash or declining to participate in it at all.

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A general view of the 2021 NFL Draft logo, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Cleveland. The 2021 NFL Draft will be held April 29-May 1.

In fact, a prospect would be crazy to take it now. My guess is fewer will, and soon the test will be dead.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Wonderlic, it became one of the most notorious, hated and feared of all the pre-draft tests. The NFL stubbornly used the test as a measure of intelligence when it had nothing to really do with football. It was, for the most part, a useless tool. Yet the NFL, which often has stuck with something even if it has proven to be a waste of…



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