Patriots player avoided Wonderlic questions so he wouldn’t ‘scare teams off’ with his intelligence

first_imgFun story from Stacking The Box today. #Patriots guard Joe Thuney is one of the league’s smartest. So smart, he was advised pre-draft to only answer 39 of 50 Wonderlic questions because he might score too high and scare teams off. He listened and scored… a 39.— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) July 29, 2019MORE: John Urschel didn’t tell Ravens he was a full-time Ph.D. student at MIT while in the NFLThuney’s intelligence wasn’t exactly hidden, though. He was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is often referred to as the “Academic Heisman” in college football and rewards the best combination of academics, community service and performance on the field. He graduated from N.C. State cum laude in just three years. The Wonderlic is an often-criticized test NFL teams use to evaluate draft prospects at the Combine. If a player scores too low, he can be criticized and, apparently, if he scores too high, he is too smart for the NFL.League reporter Matt Verderame shared a story about how Patriots offensive lineman Joe Thuney avoided answering Wonderlic questions so he did not come off as too smart. He was told to answer only 39 of the 50 questions — which he did — and he got all of them right. A lot of publicity surrounds the Wonderlic, and a high score unfortunately can scare some teams. The fear is that the player cares too much about outside interests to remain truly committed to football.It was a problem in the NBA for Jaylen Brown; an anonymous league executive told The Undefeated Brown could be viewed as “too smart for the league.” A few years ago, running back Rashard Mendenhall said NFL teams were concerned with his reading too many books.As for Thuney, we don’t know how many more questions he could have answered had he actually finished the test. The Wonderlic is timed, so he might not have been able to answer all 50. He likely picked the 39 questions he felt most comfortable answering, leaving only a few more he could have gotten correct.last_img read more