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New Test Measures How Players Learn

Posted by Stephen Czarda on February 21, 2013 – 5:31 pm

Trent Williams

As the 333 players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine start to trickle into Indy, all 32 teams are flocking to Lucas Oil Stadium to assess the talented class. They hoped to receive enough insight on the field that they will have thoroughly scouted all prospects before landing their next prized draft selection this April at the 2013 NFL Draft.

While the Combine evaluates talent through vigorous physical examinations such as the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, and the three-cone drill, one test has often been brought into the spotlight that has nothing to do with playing ability.

The Wonderlic Test.

The Wonderlic was originally brought into the fold to investigate how prospects function under a controlled, pressure-packed 12 minute examination and how it translates to the football field. However, in recent years, the intelligence test has become heavily scrutinized by fans and league officials alike.

While the Wonderlic will still be administered to the 2013 Scouting Combine class, the league is introducing a new aptitude test: the Player Assessment Tool (PAT).

The Player Assessment Tool will measure prospects based on their strengths, aptitudes, and learning styles.

Now before you say “Hey that sounds like the same thing as the Wonderlic!” find out how the test differs from the much-maligned examination:

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