Just yesterday, we realized that the NFL Draft is almost upon us, and not a single Wonderlic score had leaked out. We emailed league PR guy Brian McCarthy to ask if there had been any special emphasis on confidentiality this year. "No," he wrote back, "we didn’t do anything differently." Today, three Wonderlic scores leaked, and we know why it took so long: Bob McGinn just hadn't gotten around to his annual smearjob.
McGinn, the veteran Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer, kicks off his column with one hell of a troll-lede:
Good luck to the National Football League coaching staff and quarterback that expect Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to play well from scrimmage as a rookie.
Patterson, scored an 11, McGinn reports. His teammate Justin Hunter scored a 12. West Virginia's Tavon Austin scored a 7.
Here's where we remind you that McGinn regularly and eagerly passes along stuff like this, without the context that would make it useful. (Team A would like to crap on a player so he can fall to him in the draft, say.) Two years ago he leaked Terrelle Pryor's Wonderlic score. Last year he quoted sources saying that Robert Griffin III was "selfish" and "doesn't treat anyone good."
And here's where we run down the list of reasons the Wonderlic is a bad idea. It doesn't predict future performance. It's aggressively unrelated to football. It's embarrassing for players. Teams generally ignore it. It exists to make fans and reporters feel superior, more than occasionally with a racial subtext.