Rookie Brodie Purdy took over NFL By storm since becoming the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback in December.
The former Iowa star earned the nickname “Mr. Irrelevant” after being selected by the 49ers with the final pick of the 2022 draft. But the scouting report sheds some light on one team’s level of interest in drafting the quarterback.
The athlete obtained a scouting report that touched on Purdy’s positive traits, as well as some of his potential shortcomings.
According to the report, one of the scouts said Purdy is “very mature and experienced.” He was a four-year starter during his career college football a period.
But the coach also pointed out his physical limitations. The report stated an “untested, limited athlete with a maximum body,” while identifying weaknesses as “limited arm, both in terms of strength and throwing ammunition.”
“I don’t remember him moving like that at Iowa, and he didn’t test well. He jumped 27 inches, which is horrible. He ran 4.85 (4.84). He has short arms, like very short, and he has small hands. He’s 6,” the coach said. -1, and his arm is fine. The jitter wasn’t really there. His short shuttle was fine —4.45 – that’s not great.”
The 49ers drafted former quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick in the 2021 draft. San Francisco appeared poised 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 Purdy was drafted, the Niners decided to restructure veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract, which saw him agree to a one-year restricted deal to serve as Lance’s backup. But Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2, and Garoppolo later went down with a foot injury, suddenly propelling Purdy to the starting role.
Purdy has yet to lose a game since being named the starter. He will have his next test on Sunday for the NFC Championship against the top seed Philadelphia Eagles. Purdy will be the fifth rookie quarterback to start a conference championship game.
The coach who assessed Purdy said the 23-year-old’s ability to tackle defensive schemes contributed to his success.
“It pre-processes a lot of information because they do a lot of movement, substitutions, kills and tackles in that attack. It can be difficult just to catch the ball and figure out how to deliver the ball. Purdy will count as a second or third day round today,” said the coach, who thinks Purdy will count on the second or third round today. The bottom line – he didn’t make too many mistakes – he was really cool.
Purdy threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions, for a completion rate of 67.1 percent over his nine NFL careers.
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