Rookie Brody Purdy has taken the NFL by storm since becoming the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers in December.
The former Iowa State standout earned the title of ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ after being drafted by the 49ers with the final pick in the 2022 draft. But, a scouting report sheds light on the level of a team’s interest in drafting the quarterback.
The Athletic obtained a scouting report that discussed Purdy’s positive attributes, as well as some of his potential downsides.
According to the report, a scout said Purdy was “very mature and experienced.” He started for four years during his college football tenure.
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But a trainer also pointed out his physical limits. “Untested well, limited athlete who has a maxed body,” the report said, with weaknesses recognized as “a limited arm, both in strength and in throwing repertoire.”
“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). “He’s got short arms, like very short, and he’s He’s got small hands. He’s 6-1 and his arm is fine. The contractions just weren’t really there.”
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The 49ers previously drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 draft. San Francisco looked set to hand the keys to the franchise to Lance for the 2022 season and Purdy was not expected to contribute this year.
Several months after drafting Purdy, the Niners decided to restructure veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract, which saw him accept a restricted one-year deal to serve as a back-up to Lance. But Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2, and Garoppolo then injured his foot, suddenly pushing Purdy into the starting role.
Purdy is yet to lose a game since being named the starter. His next test is Sunday for the NFC Championship against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles. Purdy will be the fifth rookie quarterback to start a conference championship game.
The coach who rated Purdy said the 23-year-old’s ability to deal with defensive patterns has contributed to his success.
“He’s processing a lot of information before the shot because they’re making a lot of moves, changes, kills, alerts in this attack. It can be difficult to just break the ball and know which way the his composure late in the down – he didn’t make a lot of stupid mistakes – was really impressive,” said the coach, who believes Purdy would be considered a second- or third-rounder today. today.
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Purdy threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions with a 67.1 percent completion percentage during his nine-game NFL career.