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Best Wonderlic scores in NFL history

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​It's NFL Draft time, which means it's time to split hairs about our favorite prospects' scores on ​the infamous Wonderlic test! We've already gotten a sneak peak at ​how the top 2019 quarterbacks performed on the annual 50-question multiple-choice evaluation all draft prospects are subjected to, and after seeing NC State's Ryan Finley put up 43 correct responses, it got us thinking: who has the highest Wonderlic scores ever? Let's roll through the top five.

P Pat McInally: 50

The best score in Wonderlic history by an ​NFL player is also the only pre-draft perfect score ever. Punter Pat McInally, Harvard grad (naturally!) who also played wide receiver in college, was picked in the fifth round of the 1975 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played eight seasons, and was a Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection in 1981.

DE Mike Mamula: 49

Not far down the street from Harvard is Boston College, the school that produced pass-rusher Mike Mamula. His 49/50 score impressed talent evaluators-- along with his sub-4.6 40-yard dash. The Eagles took him seventh overall in the 1995 draft, but was out of the league after six seasons.

TE Benjamin Watson: 48

Georgia's Benjamin Watson posted a cool 48, and was nabbed by the Patriots at pick No. 32 back in 2004. He considered calling it a career after spending 2018 with the Saints, ​​but could be changing his mind and coming back for more.

​QB Greg McElroy: 48

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy emerged from the ​college ranks as a national champion, but didn't project well as a pro. The Jets took a seventh-round flyer on him in 2011, but he appeared in just two NFL games.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: 48

Another Harvard man!​ FitzMagic has proven to be an NFL survivor, still plying his trade at the age of 36. He's now been employed by eight teams after moving over to the Miami Dolphins, and is coming off a season that saw him post career highs in completion percentage, yards per attempt, and QB rating.

Related slideshow: Ranking top 20 NFL draft classes (provided by imagn)


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