Report: McElroy scores 48 on Wonderlic
Greg McElroy is not the most talented quarterback in the NFL Draft, but the former University of Alabama signal-caller could be the sharpest after reportedly scoring 48 out of 50 on the Wonderlic Test, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported Monday.
The former national championship winner narrowly missed becoming the second player in history to ace the cognitive-ability test. Former Harvard grad Pat McInally, who went on to punt for the Bengals from 1976 to 1985, is believed to be the only player to ever register a perfect score.
However, two NFL scouts told NBC’s Pro Football Talk that they doubt the accuracy of the original report, saying it is highly unlikely that the scores could be known at this point.
McElroy’s father, Greg McElroy Sr., said his son did score a 48, according to the The Birmingham News.
McElroy took the test at the ongoing Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, but he was unable to throw for scouts due to a broken bone in his hand suffered in January’s Senior Bowl. McElroy, who is projected as a fifth-round pick, led the Crimson Tide to a perfect season and the BCS title as a junior in the 2009 season.
The Wonderlic Test is given to prospects at the Combine to attempt to gauge a player’s aptitude for learning plays and digesting teams’ voluminous playbooks. The average score for a quarterback is 24 out of 50, which is also the average score for non-athletes across a range of professions.