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Brock Purdy, Iowa State Cyclones, 49ers
Quarterback Brock Purdy #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images) /

No. 2: Brock Purdy is what we expected him to be

Quarterback Brock Purdy became the latest member of the Mr. Irrelevant club when the Niners selected him with the very last pick of the draft. While quarterback wasn’t a huge need, it made sense to add someone to fight for the backup role.

Purdy was someone who had good success at Iowa State but may not have the skills to translate to the NFL level. Namely, his arm strength was lacking to a big degree, which limited what he could do.

But on the plus side, Purdy is a born leader, has decent leg speed and he’s a good thrower of the football in the accurate sense.

If that doesn’t ring a bell, just think former San Francisco signal-caller Nick Mullens with the ability to scramble a little bit. A decently accurate passer who doesn’t have a good arm, but in a West Coast offense can put the ball where he needs to put it to allow his receivers to make plays.

We saw the throwing side of Purdy, and it was about what was expected. He was accurate in throwing shorter passes and dumping it off to running backs, but throwing the ball further down the field wasn’t very impressive.

On the plus side, the parts Purdy was expected to do, he did do. He’ll have a chance to be the backup quarterback for 2022, but it’s more than likely he’ll be stashed on the practice squad.