LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne reportedly scored a four out of 50 on the Wonderlic test, a basic reasoning and intelligence exam taken by all prospects at the Scouting Combine.
ProFootballTalk.com cited sources in its report on the consensus top-ranked cornerback in the draft. Claiborne, a junior, entered the draft after being named an All-American as a junior.
The NFL does not release the test results but the scores have typically trickled out to media through unnamed sources. The 12-minute timed test consists of 50 multiple choice questions.
Several players have survived the stigma of poor Wonderlic scores to be highly drafted. NFLDraftScout.com rates Claiborne as the top cornerback in the draft and fourth-best prospect overall.
In fact, the top cornerback drafted in 2011, LSU's Patrick Peterson, reportedly scored a nine but was drafted fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Wide receiver A.J. Green (10) is one of many first-round receivers whose scores were reportedly well below-average, including Percy Harvin (14) and Hakeem Nicks (11).
Some prospects first take the test as juniors. Scouts will administer the test during campus visits during the season and then a prospect might take the test two or three more times, including at the Combine and visits with a team.
Like determining a player's best 40-yard dash time, each team uses its own method to finalize a player's test scores. When Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was blasted for scoring a seven on the Wonderlic before the 2011 supplemental draft, many in the NFL publicly defended Pryor, including Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, who administered one of Pryor's tests. On Pryor's second attempt at the Wonderlic, he scored 21. Some teams average those two scores and others take the median of multiple tests.
The Bucs own the 5th pick in the NFL Draft, and are very interested in Claiborne. It is believed that the Bucs hosted Claiborne in a private visit on Tuesday.