Friday, April 6, 2012

How do you stop Wonderlic score leaks?

Someone leaked  the Wonderlic score of NFL draft prospect Morris Claiborne this week. There's a person who needs one of those Gregg Williams bounties.

This happens on a nearly annual basis. Sometimes it's a Wonderlic score. Other times it's an injury or an admission of drug use. It's all in hopes of hurting a player's stock.

The NFL always follows the reports with a grand statement about severe punishment for anyone who leaks that kind of information. But unless a rat shows up in the lobby of Commissioner Roger Goodell's office, there isn't much the league can do except blow a lot of hot hair about taking a stand.

The players go to the scouting combine and take all the tests and answer all the questions in good faith. But the people who leak the results aren't acting the same way.

It's a terrible situation because outside of top prospects like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, players don't have a lot of leverage. If they refuse to take the test or skip the combine, they could be risking up to millions in salary by falling in the draft.

The leak is only half of the equation because a media outlet is needed to broadcast or publish the test score. It would be great if reporters turned down the opportunity to spread what should be private information. But the chance to make a big splash and get some cheap web hits is usually too tough to decline.

I haven't included Clairborne's score. You can easily - and unfortunately - look for it in a search engine. But I hope you won't.

- Howard Primer


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