The NFL team had a bold assessment of Purdy in two words during the draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Almost every NFL team picked Brock Purdy in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Except one, of course.
Before Purdy was selected by the 49ers as Mr. Irrelevant with the No. 262 pick, the former Iowa State quarterback was once an afterthought for most draft teams.
The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reviewed a preliminary scouting report from an NFL team which, after concluding its evaluation last spring, gave Purdy a final two-word rating:
“OF NO INTEREST”
In retrospect, this assessment seems insane.
Since taking over for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13, Purdy, statistically, has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league, helping lead the 49ers to an appearance at the NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at the Lincoln Financial. Domain.
However, before the draft, Purdy was considered by many teams to be a disappointing prospect. The knocks on the 22-year-old were that he was ‘sawed’, ‘not a very good athlete’ and ‘had a limited arm, both in strength and throwing repertoire’, according to the scouting report obtained by The Sportif.
These are criticisms Purdy has been hearing for years. In fact, after his senior season at Perry High School, University of Alabama coach Nick Saban once told Purdy, a rookie at the time, what he missed as a quarterback- back.
“‘You’re below average in height. Your arm strength is nondescript. Your accuracy is average,'” Saban told Purdy in 2018.
Fast forward to the draft, and Purdy’s greatest strength was that he was a “very” experienced college quarterback after 48 starts at Iowa State. Purdy was considered a good game manager who made routine plays consistently, was creative as games went on, and “works very well throughout his progressions,” according to reports from The Athletic. .
When asked what the difference was between Purdy’s college film and now with the 49ers, the anonymous coach who wrote the team’s initial scouting report noted Purdy’s athleticism.
“I don’t remember him moving like that at Iowa State, and he didn’t test well. He jumped 27 inches, which is terrible. He ran a 4.85 (4.84)” , the coach told The Athletic. “He’s got short arms, like very short, and he’s got small hands. He’s 6-1, and his arm is fine. The contractions just weren’t really there. His short shuttlecock was okay – 4.45 – that’s not exceptional.”
That same coach also mentions that the 49ers’ heavy use of pre-snap movement is one of the reasons Purdy has been so successful in processing information under center.
“We undervalued his agility and probably his mental side, and San Francisco is perfect for that because they value it a lot because of their offense,” the coach said. “In San Francisco, he can operate and play action and start and filter and manage the game.”
RELATED: 49ers Overreactions: Is Healthy Jimmy G Valuable in the Playoffs?
Purdy has already proven doubters wrong throughout her unlikely rise to stardom. Now one win away from becoming the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to start in a Super Bowl, Purdy faces another unlikely test against the Eagles on Sunday.
And history shows that he has to live up to it.
Download and follow the 49ers Talk podcast