View Full Version : NFL to add aptitude test to the Wonderlic at this year’s scouting combine

02-17-2013, 10:34 PM
At this year's combine we will introduce a new and expanded player assessment tool designed to offer a much more robust and comprehensive assessment of a player's non-physical capabilities, aptitudes, and strengths. This tool was developed by Harold Goldstein, Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Baruch College, City University of NY. Professor Goldstein is an expert in industrial psychology who has designed employment tests in a variety of other industries and has worked closely with Cyrus Mehri of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
The assessment tool being introduced at the Combine is not intended to displace anything currently in use or substitute for other tests that are given either at the Combine or by the clubs themselves. Rather, this new test measures a wide range of competencies, including learning styles, motivation, decision-making skills, responding to pressure or unexpected stimuli, and core intellect. It was developed after detailed discussions with current and former league executives, including Ernie Accorsi, Thomas Dimitroff, John Elway, and Jerry Reese, and was reviewed by members of the general managers Advisory Committee.
This is an exciting innovation that brings updated best practices from corporate America to the NFL football operations. By giving clubs new and more relevant information, it offers additional information to supplement your decision-making in the draft. One of the most interesting aspects is that new information on player learning styles can potentially help our coaches' work more effectively with young players.


It is cool to see Elway involved in the process.

02-17-2013, 11:44 PM
I think this is great. I always thought the wonderlic was a bit simplistic.

02-18-2013, 12:05 AM
oh great more brain tests

02-18-2013, 01:43 AM
industrial psychology

this is the most grotesque thing. I hope you've a nice mound of cash, doctor.

02-18-2013, 01:50 AM
Glad to see this happening.

However a good deal of these college grads are gonna fubar it as most a mental midgets.

02-18-2013, 06:59 AM
This is a tremendous step, albeit it will not correct one thing about the whole Mental evaluation process. I have used this new assessment tool in the past, and while updated for workplace behavior cognition, it still measures anything but football intelligence.

For a look at the future of cognitive development in the football and sports arena check out this website:


Players who train at API in ARI for the combine already participate in this program. The full version is position specific cognitive skills. SO, keys to read and play recognition for MLB, coverage recognition for WR, Pre-snap blitz and coverage recognition for QB's etc.

There is an Apple app from Axon on how to train the QB position. Its free and I suggest some OM'ers look into it. I met the President Jason Sada at a convention a month ago and got to see the full version demonstrated with other positions outside QB. The Defensive stuff was really helpful in mental training. I sent a copy to Rahim Moore ;D