In 2006, former Texas quarterback Vince Young initially scored a six on the Wonderlic. The test later was re-scored, and Young was given a seven.
Young then got a chance to take the test again, for reasons that never were quite clear.
He got a 16.
According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor also received a seven.
McGinn suggests that the low score explains Pryor’s bad on-field and off-field decisions at Ohio State. We’re not prepared to make that leap, even though McGinn may be right on the money. Pryor appeared last week on PFT Live, and he didn’t come off as anything remotely close to an idiot. Also, ever since the wheels came off of his college career, Pryor has been saying and doing all the right things. Even if he’s been coached in that regard, he was smart enough to remember the coaching.
Yes, it’s a red flag. But 28 years ago, Dan Marino parlayed his Pitt education into a 13. And he’s by no means dumb. And he ended up being a pretty decent quarterback.
Then there’s the fact that JaMarcus Russell got a 24, and Ryan Leaf got a 27, only one point behind Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. So, yeah, the Wonderlic pretty much means nothing.