Kenny Phillips Scores A Low 16 On Wonderlic

Not good for Kenny Phillips. He has seen his stock slip from mid-first round to late-first and now it appears he might slip into the second. Could this be the year that a Miami Hurricane does not get selected in the first round?

One of the many variables NFL teams plug into their draft grades are scores from the Wonderlic tests given at the scouting combine. Wonderlic tests are given to help gauge the intelligence of prospects.

NFL teams expect most prospects will score well because players can prepare for the tests. When a player has an unusually low score, it sets off alarms.

A person of average intelligence is supposed to score a 20. NFL teams like to see quarterbacks, offensive linemen, middle linebackers and safeties score higher than that because those positions can be mentally demanding.

Kenny Phillips of Miami, the only safety expected to go in the first round, did not help himself with a 16 test score.

NFL teams weigh Wonderlic tests

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