Rookie Brody Purdy has taken the NFL by storm since becoming the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback in December.
The previous Iowa State standout earned the “Mr. Irrelevant” title after being chosen by the 49ers with the ultimate pick of the 2022 draft. But, a scouting report is shedding some light on one team’s level of interest in drafting the quarterback.
The Athletic obtained a scouting report that touched on Purdy’s positive attributes, in addition to a few of his potential drawbacks.
Based on the report, a scout said Purdy was “very mature and experienced.” He was a four-year starter during his college football tenure.
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers runs off the sphere after defeating the Seattle Seahawks within the NFC Wild Card playoff game at Levi’s Stadium on January 14, 2023, in Santa Clara, California.
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But a coach also identified his physical limitations. “Didn’t test well, limited athlete that has a maxed out body,” the report stated, with weaknesses being recognized as “limited arm, each in strength and throw 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 really short, and he’s got small hands. He’s 6-1, and his arm is OK. The twitchiness just wasn’t really there. His short shuttle was OK —4.45 — that’s not outstanding,” the coach said.
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers passes during an NFL divisional round playoff football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium on January 22, 2023, in Santa Clara, California.
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The 49ers previously drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick within the 2021 draft. San Francisco seemed to be able to turn over the keys of the franchise to Lance for the 2022 season and Purdy was not expected to contribute this 12 months.
Several months after drafting Purdy, the Niners decided to restructure veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract, which saw him comply with a one-year restricted deal to function Lance’s backup. But Lance suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2, and Garoppolo later went down with a foot injury, suddenly thrusting Purdy into the starting role.
Purdy has yet to lose a game since he has been named the starter. His next test takes place on Sunday for the NFC Championship against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles. Purdy shall be the fifth rookie quarterback to start out a conference championship game.
Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the first half at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2022, in Santa Clara, California.
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The coach who evaluated Purdy said the 23-year-old’s ability to process defensive schemes has contributed to his success.
“He’s processing a variety of information pre-snap because they do a variety of motion, shifts, kills, alerts in that offense. It will possibly be hard to simply snap the ball and know which technique to hand the ball off. His composure late within the down — he has not made very many boneheaded mistakes — has really been impressive,” said the coach, who believes Purdy could be considered a second-or-third-rounder today.
Purdy has thrown for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions, with a completion percentage of 67.1 percent over the course of his nine game NFL profession.
Chantz Martin is a sports author for Fox News Digital.