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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 08/31/2011

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor disputes report that he scored a 7 on Wonderlic IQ test

Back in 2006, reports surfaced that then-rookie quarterback Vince Young scored a 6 on the Wonderlic intelligence test.

That’s a 6 out of 50.

As it turned out, the reports were false, and Young had actually netted a 16. Still nothing to shake a stick at, but at least he cracked double-figures.

So skepticism is warranted when considering Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bob McGinn’s tweet that Oakland Raiders supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor scored a whopping 7.

UPDATE (7:20 p.m.): Pryor responded Wednesday evening, saying his score was in fact much higher — more than three times higher in fact.

Wonder why Terrelle Pryor made so many on-, off-field bad decisions at #Ohio State? He scored 7 on Wonderlic IQ test. Yes, 7. Al Davis' QB.Wed Aug 31 17:57:21 via web

Funny thing is I scored a 22 on my Wonderlic. Get it right ask @RosenhausSportsless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

For you math majors out there, 7 out of 50 is a big fat 14 percent. Imagine bringing home a test with that number circled in red pen to Mom and Dad.

Yeah, it’s not good and anything is possible, but it also seems a bit far-fetched.

ESPN’s John Clayton chimed in, providing further evidence McGinn’s tweet may be inaccurate.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert administered T. Pryor's Wonderlic test and reports the score is significantly higher than the report seven.less than a minute ago via yoono Favorite Retweet Reply

McGinn responded to those claims with a blog post on the Journal Sentinel explaining that Pryor actually scored both a 7 and a 21 — on consecutive days.

“In the case of Pryor, two personnel directors said they would split the difference and put him down for about 14,” McGinn writes.

Wonderlic test results rarely make it out to sports media circulation (and in recent years we’ve seen why), and they also don’t correlate to success in the NFL. In 2009, draft prospects reportedly averaged a 19 on the test, with averages fluctuating as high as 26 and as low as 16 based on position.

In 2006, Cincinnati Bengals QB Pat McInally told Rivals.com his perfect score on the test — the first and only to date — actually hurt his draft stock. Profootballtalk.com postulated that the 48 New York Jets rookie Greg McElroy posted could have had a similar impact.

But recent draft classes prove a player’s potential can’t be measured by an IQ test alone. New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks and Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin — two of the league’s emerging young talents — reportedly scored an 11 and 14, respectively.

If the report is indeed true, Pryor still has an extra five weeks at the start of the season to bone up his football IQ.

(H/T Deadspin)

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