NFL Draft Rumors: LSU's Leonard Fournette Could Slide Down Draft After Leaked Wonderlic Test Result
Recent rumors are out that LSU running back Leonard Fournette could slide down the 2017 NFL Draft after the results of his Wonderlic Test were leaked. Fournette had scored 11 out of 50 on the said exam, which was administered during the NFL Combine.
The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test is a "trusted" tool used by the league to measure the intelligence of their players, according to SEC Country. It involves of 50 questions that can only be answered in 12 minutes.
A score of 10 or higher means that the participant is literate. "A score of 20 is considered 'average' intelligence, and the average score for running backs is 16," the report noted.
In comparison to the other top running back prospects, Tennessee's Alvin Kamara scored a 24, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey had a 21, Oklahoma's Joe Mixon recorded a 12, while Florida State's Dalvin Cook also had 11. While a Wonderlic result is not an accurate forecaster of an NFL prospect's success or failure, most teams consider it when they select a player in the draft.
Five-time Pro-Bowler Frank Gore scored a 6 during his test in 2005 and went on to have an ongoing 12-year NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts. The 33-year-old rushed for 1,025 yards and four touchdowns last season as a starter for the Colts.
Fournette is projected to get selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars at no. 4 in recent mock drafts. Some have even put him at no. 1 ahead of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Even with a low Wonderlic score, it seems that Fournette will still be a Top 10 selection in the upcoming draft next week.
Fournette had an impressive performance during the NFL Combine, registering 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash which stunned the NFL scouts in attendance. He also displayed his commitment to the draft by losing 12 pounds in weight before his Pro Day performance.
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