Rookie Brody Purdy has taken the NFL by storm since becoming the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback in December.
The former Iowa State standout earned the title “Mr. Irrelevant” after being selected by the 49ers with the final pick of the 2022 draft. However, scouting reports are revealing the level of interest one team has in drafting a quarterback.
The Athletic obtained a scouting report outlining Purdy’s positive traits and potential downsides.
According to reports, a scout said Purdy was “very mature and very experienced”. He was a four-year starter during his college football tenure.
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But the coach also pointed out his physical limitations. The report stated that he was a “limited athlete who had not been tested well and had a maximal body”, with weaknesses identified as “arms that were limited in both strength and throwing repertoire”.
“I don’t remember him moving like that at Iowa State, and he didn’t test well. He jumped 27 inches, which was terrible. He jumped 4.85 (4.84). He has really short arms, and he Hands are small – he’s 6-1 and his arms are fine – cramps really weren’t there – his short shuttle was fine (4.45).
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The 49ers previously drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the 2021 draft. San Francisco looked ready to hand over the keys to the franchise for the 2022 season to Lance, and Purdy wasn’t expected to contribute this year.
A few months after drafting Purdy, the Niners decided to restructure the contract of veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, agreeing to a one-year limited contract to serve as Lance’s backup. However, Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2 and Garoppolo later went down with a foot injury, suddenly pushing Purdy into the starting role.
Purdy has yet to lose a game since being named the starter. His next test will be on Sunday for the NFC Championship against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles. Purdy would become the fifth rookie quarterback to start the conference championship game.
Coaches who evaluated Purdy said the 23-year-old’s ability to handle defensive schemes contributed to his success.
“He’s processing a lot of information before the snap because he does a lot of action, shifts, kills and alarms on that offense. It can be difficult to snap the ball and know which way to pass the ball. His composure is late. Down – he didn’t make a lot of headache-inducing mistakes – really impressive.” A coach who believes Purdy would be considered a second or third rounder today said.
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Purdy threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for a 67.1% success rate over 9 games of his NFL career.