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Tom Brady’s Wonderlic Score

Tom Brady is probably the best example in NFL history of an underrated player that should have been drafted higher. In the 2000 NFL draft he was selected in the 6th round with the 199th overall pick. Six quarterbacks were selected ahead of Tom Brady before he was drafted. Considering that many smart NFL analysts view Tom Brady as the greatest NFL player EVER, those statistics are staggering.

Take a look at some of Brady’s highlights while playing at Michigan. Can you see a hall of fame quarterback in the making?

Way back in 2000, Tom Brady went to the NFL Combine and took the Wonderlic test. Do you think that you would be able to score higher than 33 on the test? Did Tom Brady’s Wonderlic score of 33 predict his hall of fame worthy future career?

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Select the word that does not belong

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Mike is 11 years old. Jim is twice as old as Mike. When Jim is 50 years old, how old will Mike be?

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Are the following two words similar, contradictory, or not related?

Employ   Terminate

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Choose the word that doesn't belong

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When folded into a solid shape, which corner touches corner "A?"

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-57 + -74 equals:

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1800 hours is what time in standard time?

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Which word does not belong?

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How many of the six pairs of items listed below are exact duplicates?

5581   5518
86887   86887
14443   14443
56789   56798
44332   4432
108526   180526

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A turkey was cooked at 400° F in the oven for 3 hours. The internal temperature rose from 30° F to 156° F. What was the average rise in temperature per hour?

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MONSOON AGATE. These words are:

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There are 4 times as many used cars in the car dealership lot as there as new cars. There are 120 cars total in the dealership lot. How many new cars are in the car dealership lot?

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A candy maker makes two sizes of candies. Using the smaller size, a full jar will contain 120 pieces of candy. Using the larger candies a jar will contain 80 pieces of candy. The candy maker has a strict rule that no jars will contain a mix of small and large candies. If a store has room for 15 jars and they want 1560 total pieces of candy, how many jars will contain smaller candies?

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There are 12 more toy cars than toy trucks in a toy box with a total of 38 toy cars and trucks. How many toy trucks are in the toy box?

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Add 0.45 + 52.12 + 4.1111 + 206 + 0.00029

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Which following list of odd numbers totals 56?

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A new phone sells for $250 and a used one sells for $75. How many of each are sold if the sales for the day totals $625?

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What is the mathematical average of the number of weeks in a year, days in a week, and the number of days in January?

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From the list below, select all of the words that could properly complete this sentence:  The car ___________ over the road.

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Dog is to veterinarian as ___ is to dentist

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What is the next number in this sequence?

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Mike had a jar of nickels that had five more nickels than he originally thought. If the total amount of nickels was $4.35, how many nickels did Mike think he had originally?

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Cow is to milk as orange is to:

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Max makes $3000 a month. He puts 15% in savings each month. After a year how much would he have in savings?

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If the first two statements are true, is the last statement true as well? Marcia only drinks sweet tea in the summer. Marcia has a sweet tea with her dinner. It is summer.

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While Wonderlic scores of Wonderlic players are not released to the public, the media typically has no trouble figuring them out for most NFL prospects during the NFL combine. They’ve figured out that NFL players get an average score of 21 and NFL quarterbacks average about 24. The Wonderlic score is scored from 0-50 with the average score designed to be 20.

It’s a tough test, in particular, because players only have 12 minutes to complete the 50 questions. Calculators are not allowed and many of the questions are intentionally designed to be confusing or contain irrelevant information that testers have to sift through quickly.

While many talented NFL quarterbacks have scored much higher than 33, Tom Brady’s score is quite impressive. It’s on the high side for quarterbacks as the average QB score is about 24. Also, many great quarterbacks like Terry Bradshaw – 16 and Jim Kelly – 15 both scored low on the Wonderlic but went on to have great careers as quarterbacks in the NFL.

While Tom Brady is considered by most the best current quarterback in the league, many starting quarterbacks have scored higher than Tom Brady on the Wonderlic. Actually, it almost seems like most have scored better than Tom Brady. Here’s a quick list, there’s a good chance that we’re missing a few:

  • Aaron Rodgers – 35
  • Sam Bradford – 36
  • Andrew Luck – 37
  • Tony Romo – 37
  • Matt Flynn -38
  • Colin Kaepernick – 38
  • Eli Manning – 39
  • Alex Smith – 40
  • Blaine Gabbert – 42
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – 48

Not all of those quarterbacks in that list are starters, and you might say that not all of them are actually good quarterbacks. Still, it gives you a sense that Tom Brady’s Wonderlic test score of 33 is not as elite as his level of play.

2000 NFL Draft

Wonderlic tests are meant to give scouts an extra metric to use to compare players in the same draft to one another. Remember how six quarterbacks were drafted ahead of Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL draft? Let’s take a look specifically at the Wonderlic scores of all the quarterbacks drafted ahead of Tom Brady.

  1. Chad Pennington – 25
  2. Giovanni Carmazzi – 32
  3. Chris Redman – 16
  4. Tee Martin – 11
  5. Marc Bulger – 29
  6. Spurgeon Wynn – 25
  7. Tom Brady – 33

What’s amazing is that Tom Brady scored higher on the Wonderlic than every single quarterback that was drafted ahead of him. This particular case goes to show that if scouts likely did not consider Tom Brady’s Wonderlic score to be such a significant factor. While plenty of other factors throughout the NFL Combine and each player’s college career were likely evaluated more closely, this clearly shows that if scouts had gone with Wonderlic test scores alone they would have been better off.

In the 2021 NFL draft, test scores were not leaked out as that normally have been in previous draft years. As there was not combine, reportedly teams had players take cognitive tests. It remains to be seen if there will be an actual on site NFL combine this upcoming NFL off season and if players will still need to take the Wonderlic as a part of the combine process.

Brady has continue to solidify his status as the most decorated quarterback in NFL history. In 2020, after a successful career in New England, he took Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl championship, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.