June 24th, 2004
During the draft, several teams may call on Jon Niednagel. He’s spent more than half of his 56 years developing a coherent theory of how humans are wired – Niednagel claims to have identified 16 distinct “brain types,” as opposed to personality types – and why some are better suited to be point guards, quarterbacks, pitchers or CEOs than others.
Niednagel’s stock as an evaluator rose dramatically after he gave the Orlando Magic a can’t-miss review on Tracy McGrady before the 1997 draft. It climbed even higher after he warned the San Diego Chargers not to waste their No. 1 pick in the 1998 NFL draft (and the second overall) on quarterback Ryan Leaf, who turned out to be a bust.
Paging Brain Doctor