Tua Tagolvailoa posts lowest Wonderlic score all quarterbacks in NFL Draft

Tua Tagovailoa, Lions, NFL Draft
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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagolvailoa was already facing a potential fall in the upcoming draft due to injury concerns, and now teams have some more ammunition to use against the Bama quarterback.

Out of all the quarterbacks entering the NFL Draft this year, no one scored lower on their Wonderlic test than Tua, as he posted a score of 13.

The Wonderlic test is an assessment used at the NFL Scouting Combine in order to measure a prospect’s general cognitive ability. It’s a 50 question test that uses a blend of math, vocabulary and reasoning.

The score is on a 50-point scale, with 20 being the average. The score of 13 that Tua recorded certainly isn’t ideal, especially when you couple it with his lingering injury concerns, but this test isn’t a defining assessment. Plenty of Hall of Fame and Pro Bowl quarterbacks have scored poorly on their Wonderlics.

Hall of Fame quarterbacks Jim Kelly and Dan Marino both scored a 15 and still had iconic careers. Last season’s MVP, Lamar Jackson, posted the same score as Tua, so obviously, this alone shouldn’t deter teams from taking Tua.

His overall health and ability to stay healthy long-term are much larger concerns heading into draft night. But, if there’s a team that’s on the fence about Tua, this could be used as an excuse to take him off their board.