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Greg McElroy’s Wonderlic wasn’t quite as wonderful as reported

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback McElroy acknowledges the crowd after beating Michigan State Spartans in Capital One Bowl college football game in Orlando

One of the most interesting stories coming out of last week’s Scouting Combine came not from anything that happened on the floor of Lucas Oil Stadium but from the answers provided by Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy when completing the Wonderlic test.

It was reported that McElroy scored a 48 out of 50.  Though debate quickly surfaced regarding the question of whether the number would have been available so quickly, McElroy himself confirmed the outcome on The Dan Patrick Show, explaining that others had informed him he had scored a 48.

But the official numbers are now in, and a league source with access to the scores tells us that McElroy actually scored a 43.

It’s still pretty darn good, but McElroy has slid from the “super genius” category to merely “genius.”

As we pointed out last week, some coaches could regard that as a good thing.

UPDATE:  Agent Eric Metz, who represents McElroy, has contacted us to explain that McElroy was told by multiple sources that he scored a 48.  We need to emphasize that we’re not suggesting that McElroy wasn’t being truthful; he merely was passing along the information that had been given to him.  We trust completely the source who told us that McElroy got a 43, but we’re in the process of nailing down one way or the other whether it’s 48, 43, or something else.

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32 Responses to “Greg McElroy’s Wonderlic wasn’t quite as wonderful as reported”
  1. benh999 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:34 PM

    I wonder what the maximum Wonderlic score is to qualify as a PFT editor/contributor. Maybe VY will have a cushy job waiting for him after his career finally sputters out.

  2. waitingguilty says: Mar 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    “As we pointed out last week, some coaches could regard that as a good thing.”

    Defend your positions to the death, regardless of truth….The internet hack’s mantra.

  3. cameran0804 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:40 PM

    so let me get this right, you get grilled in the media if you get a bad score and this kid is taking heat for getting a great score! PFT can’t you guys come up with something better to talk about!!

  4. gargoyle10 says: Mar 8, 2011 3:45 PM

    Any thoughts on Cam’s score?

  5. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 3:48 PM

    The administrators as Wonderlic subtracted 7 from 50, “…….at least half a dozen times. We kept coming up with 48, until the boss’s 9 year old daughter happened to notice the error while strolling throught the office….”.

  6. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Mar 8, 2011 3:48 PM

    In a related story, JimmySmith’s score has been confirmed as a 4.

  7. vadog says: Mar 8, 2011 3:51 PM

    The NFL needs to investigate!!! ;) One draftee wants to be an “icon.” Another wants to be a “genious.” Ryan Mallett just wants to be stoned!

  8. coffinberry says: Mar 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    McLovin is due some retribution…

  9. granadafan says: Mar 8, 2011 4:01 PM

    What was Cam newton’s score?

  10. hobartbaker says: Mar 8, 2011 4:05 PM

    Greg has been chatting up his “48″ the past week. Bet he sure feels dumb now.

  11. dbellina says: Mar 8, 2011 4:08 PM

    43?!? That is HORRIBLE! This will drop him at least three rounds in the draft!

  12. henryjones20 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:11 PM

    all u wonderlic lovers,i hope carolina drafts him #1 haha or maybe they should draft all ivy league players since u all think book smarts rules over football smarts! google dan marino or jim kellys wonderlic scores. not very impressive,but…..

  13. cbusbrownie says: Mar 8, 2011 4:16 PM

    benh999, I’m willing to bet you also bitch about a sunny day. You wish you had 1/2 the respect and success in the NFL world the Mike and his site has generated. Just leave the heavy reading for the common sense users on this site. Go back to your room in your mom’s basement and think of something to bitch about.

  14. EJ says: Mar 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    No one will top Ryan Fitzpatrick…

    He is a Super Genius.

  15. henryjones20 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:45 PM

    gargoyle10: yeah cam prob.scored the same as marino and jim kelly. ill take them on my team all day

  16. lucky5927 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:47 PM

    “As we pointed out last week, some coaches could regard that as a good thing.”

    It makes me question the coaches in the NFL that prefer a “dumber” player to a brilliant one. Perhaps they are afraid they might actually learn something from a player or bounce ideas of each other?? What a terrible situation that would be. Just look at how awful working with Peyton Manning is.

  17. thefiesty1 says: Mar 8, 2011 4:48 PM

    I’ve said it before. He’s good at taking tests, but can he play in the NFL? 48 is impressive. What is his 40 time? Is he a slow as Mallett?

  18. CKL says: Mar 8, 2011 4:53 PM

    coffinberry says: Mar 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    McLovin is due some retribution…
    __________________________
    HAHAHAHA…didn’t he get a 43 also meaning they are tied? Still he guaranteed no lower than 45, right? I watch the D.P. show only off and on so not sure.
    (Can’t “unsee” McLovin in that jersey and nothing else though).

  19. benh999 says: Mar 8, 2011 5:00 PM

    cbusbrownie,
    Nice to see you defending someone who has no problem smearing people with respect and success in the actual NFL world (i.e., not the quasi-journalistic sports blogosphere).

  20. bleedgreen says: Mar 8, 2011 5:03 PM

    I wouldn’t mind the Eagles trading Kolb for a 1st + 3rd, and picking up McElroy in the 3rd.

  21. rhythmfish says: Mar 8, 2011 5:05 PM

    Rosenthal’s Wonderlic is probably a 14 or 15. But still better than Michael Vick.

  22. Deb says: Mar 8, 2011 5:16 PM

    @henryjones20 …

    With all due respect to Marino and Kelly … they’re not wearing Super Bowl rings. And McElroy isn’t an Ivy Leaguer.

    ROLL TIDE!!!

  23. androk23 says: Mar 8, 2011 5:39 PM

    The Fitz remains supreme!

  24. broncobeta says: Mar 8, 2011 5:40 PM

    OMG WHAT A MORON!

  25. stairwayto7 says: Mar 8, 2011 5:40 PM

    Typical SEC player, lies about everything to make self look better!

  26. realitypolice says: Mar 8, 2011 6:00 PM

    @cbusbrownie:

    No one thinks the “mom’s basement” joke is funny anymore.

    Actually, the thought of you snickering quietly to yourself as you typed it, patting yourself on the back for coming up with something so witty and original, despite the fact that it has been used on this site 999,999 times, is kind of funny.

    Unfortunately, there is no prize for being the 1,000,000 poster to use this f***** out joke.

  27. jeffa43 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:02 PM

    Mclovin beat him!

  28. upperdecker19 says: Mar 8, 2011 6:52 PM

    But, most importantly, is he aware the regular season games can end in a tie?

  29. icewalker946 says: Mar 8, 2011 7:45 PM

    CKL says:
    Mar 8, 2011 4:53 PM
    coffinberry says: Mar 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    McLovin is due some retribution…
    __________________________
    HAHAHAHA…didn’t he get a 43 also meaning they are tied? Still he guaranteed no lower than 45, right? I watch the D.P. show only off and on so not sure.
    (Can’t “unsee” McLovin in that jersey and nothing else though).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So glad all I did was listen to the podcast! Nothing to unsee!

  30. borisbulldog says: Mar 8, 2011 7:50 PM

    43 is amazing considering the whole state of Alabama couldn’t get a cumulitive number that high!

  31. pioliforprez says: Mar 8, 2011 10:08 PM

    a 3 and an 8 do look a lot alike

  32. espnfeedback says: Mar 9, 2011 2:40 AM

    Greg McElroy failed the first unwritten rule of sales, marketing and self promotion. Don’t get caught selling. Number two rule is be sure of your product. Surprising since Greg McElroy, Sr is Senior VP of SALES & MARKETING for the Dallas Cowboys, who apparently is as much in involved, if not more, as any other FATHER whose son is vying to be drafted into the NFL this year. The most under reported aspect to this story is that it was McElroy Sr who originally bragged to the Birmingham News and other outlets after the combine about his boys stupendous, but apparently inaccurate, Wonderlic exploits.

    @ESPNfeedback

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