Drafting NFL Players: Brains Over Brawn?

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Published: July 15, 2009

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... a stir of controversy when he scored an abysmal six out of 50 on his Wonderlic intelligence test. 

Both NFL evaluators and NFL media members saw this as a red flag, questioning whether the Texas star would be able to grasp the intricacies of NFL offenses at its most mentally demanding position. 

The concern over Young’s intelligence ultimately proved irrelevant to NFL evaluators, for the quarterback was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL Draft.  Young was also named 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year. 

But the Young controversy raises the question: Does academic performance have an impact on athletic performance? 

This article is a summary of a study that investigated how much value NFL teams assign intelligence in their NFL Draft evaluations for prospective players at each position. We will also look at how much of an effect a player’s intelligence has on his probability...

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