By Melissa Schenkman
The NFL combine, the late-winter forum where pro football prospects showcase their speed, strength and agility before a mob of media and critical coaches, isn’t the only hurdle these young hopefuls must clear on their way to Draft day.
Prior to the Draft, there is something more that coaches have their eyes on to separate the competition: cognitive ability. All draft-eligible players are required to take an intelligence exam called the Wonderlic Test that is designed to provide insight into a prospective players’ thinking and problem-solving abilities. The questions on the test include math problems, analogies, and scenarios that assess a player’s logical reasoning. NFL coaches say the test is one reflection of how an athlete will apply himself on the field. The test was created in Evanston and continues to be produced in Vernon Hills.