Factoid 422 - Who has the best all time Wonderlic score for an NFL Prospect?
Date: 3/11/15
Pat McInally, WR for Harvard, scored a 50 on the Wonderlic, which earned him the honor of the best score on this test in NFL history. Pat was also the only NFL Prospect to ever score a perfect score. McInally played for Harvard from 1972 to 1974. Over his Harvard career Pat had 108 receptions for 1,485 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Reggie Williams '76 (center) tackles Harvard's Pat McInally at a 1973 Harvard/Dartmouth game in Cambridge (Dartmouth won 24-18).

“The Wonderlic is a 50-question test administered to all combine participants that measures cognitive ability. The time limit is 12 minutes. A score of 20 is indicative of ‘average’ intelligence and roughly equivalent to an IQ of 100. Apr 12, 2014.” – ESPN

The Bengals thought enough of Pat to draft him in the 1975 NFL Draft in the fifth round as the 120th pick. They drafted him solely as a wide receiver and not as a punter, although McInally was also a punter in college.

As it turned out, McInally was both a wide receiver and punter for the Bengals over his ten year NFL career, although later in his career he was exclusively a punter. In 1981 he made the Pro-Bowl. It is interesting that legendary coach Bill Walsh was the coach for quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers at the time for the Bengals. We wonder if Coach Walsh pushed for intelligent players given the innovations he is known for on the football field.

In this case the Wonderlic did predict NFL success.

(Image courtesy of www.dartmouth.edu)

Related Tags: Harvard Crimson , Harvard University

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