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C.J. Stroud's agency tells NFL its prospects will skip all pre-draft cognition tests

Feb 17, 2024

Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud made the warnings about his pre-NFL Draft cognition test results look foolish this season, and now the agency that represents him is taking things a step further.

Athletes First is reportedly directing its 2024 prospects to forego all intelligence testing in light of Stroud's low results being leaked. While the agency doesn't represent any of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft class, the decision could very well influence other firms to follow suit with their clients.

“After much internal discussion, the agents at Athletes First have directed our draft prospects to respectfully pass on participating in any cognitive or psychological testing during the pre-draft process (e.g. AIQ, S2, etc.),” the company wrote in an email to NFL clubs obtained by The Athletic. “We understand that many of your teams use these tests or protocols as part of your prospect evaluation process, however, our recent experience with these exams has been less than positive. Specifically, the fact that certain results and performance were leaked publicly last year demonstrates that there truly is no confidentiality with these tests. It is not right for a player's intelligence, aptitude or mental processing to be subject to public discussion and ridicule — no other job interview carries the same scrutiny.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

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