Brock Purdy received a bold two-word grade from the NFL team during the draft

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The NFL team had a bold two-word assessment of Purdy during the draft that originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Nearly every team in the NFL passed the selection of Brock Purdy in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Except one of course.

Before Purdy was selected by the 49ers as Mr. Irrelevant at number 262, the former Iowa State quarterback was once an afterthought for most teams in the draft.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reviewed a draft NFL team scouting report that, after completing the review last spring, gave Purdy a two-part final draft rating:

“NOT INTERESTED”

In hindsight, this assessment seems silly.

Since taking over injured Jimmy Garoppolo from the Miami Dolphins in Week 13, Purdy has been, statistically, one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Field.

Before the draft, however, Purdy was considered a disappointing prospect by many teams. The blows to the then 22-year-old were that he was “trite”, “not a very good athlete” and had “a limited arm, both in strength and throwing repertoire,” according to the scouting report obtained by The Athletic.

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These are criticisms Purdy has been hearing for years. After his senior season at Perry High School, University of Alabama coach Nick Saban once told Purdy, a recruit at the time, what he lacked as a quarterback.

“‘You’re below average in height. Your arm strength is whatever. 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 consistently made routine plays, was creative as the game expanded and “worked through his progressions really well,” according to The Athletic’s reporting.

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When asked about the difference between Purdy’s college film and now with the 49ers, the unnamed coach who wrote the team’s first 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 has short arms, very short, and he has small hands. He’s 6-1 and his arm is OK. The twitches just weren’t really there. His short shuttle was OK -4.45 – that’s not outstanding.”

That same coach also mentions that the 49ers’ heavy use of pre-snap moves is one of the reasons Purdy has been so successful at processing information below center.

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“We underestimate his agility and probably the mental side, and San Francisco is perfect for that because they put a lot of importance on that because of their offense,” said the coach. “In San Francisco, he can operate and play, launch and screen and manage the game.”

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Purdy has already proven the doubters wrong during his improbable rise to stardom. Now just 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 must seize the opportunity.

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