By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
University of Texas quarterback Vince Young may have hurt his draft status with a low test score Friday at the NFL scouting combine. According to league sources, Young scored a six on his Wonderlic test, an intelligence test given to NFL draft prospects.
That score may be low enough to cause concern among teams about Young's ability to run complex NFL offenses. When informed of Young's test score, one NFL offensive coordinator said he no longer would consider drafting him.
"He could drop down to No. 10 or No. 15 in the draft," said a veteran NFL scout. "So those teams better be ready (in terms of evaluation)."
Young's value skyrocketed with his stellar performance against Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl, to the point where there was speculation that he might go to Houston with the No. 1 overall selection. But after an option was exercised in David Carr's contract, keeping him with the Texans for three more seasons, it appears Houston will take Southern Cal running back Reggie Bush.
Low Wonderlic score or not, many in the NFL believe Young has the chance to dominate football the way Michael Jordan once did in the NBA. Young's ability to make big plays and perform under pressure helps set him apart.
"Sometimes coaches try to make the game too complicated," said the scout. "How do you coach red-zone instincts?"
One NFL general manager pointed out that Steve McNair had a similarly low Wonderlic score coming out of college and went on to become a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl quarterback for Tennessee.
Count Rams coach Scott Linehan among those who believe Young can be a difference-maker in the NFL.
"If you're getting ready to play Vince Young, you know you've got a two-headed monster," Linehan said. "He's proven to me that he can throw it, as well as be able to run around and make plays. He's one of the most exciting players to come out in recent memory. He hasn't really even tapped into some of the things I think he's going to be able to do at the next level."
Surgeries for McCollum
Center Andy McCollum is having an Adam Timmerman-like offseason, and that's not a good thing. Last offseason, Timmerman underwent surgery on both shoulders and a foot.
This offseason, McCollum already has undergone surgery on both shoulders, according to Rams medical officials. The procedure, to repair an arthritic condition in the collarbone, is very similar to what Timmerman had last offseason. McCollum also is scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery later this offseason.
Linebacker Brandon Chillar has undergone surgery to repair a rotator cuff problem in his shoulder area.