Breaking down Brock Purdy's 40-yard dash time and where it ranked among QBs

Brock Purdy was actually pretty quick during his NFL Scouting Combine workouts.
Brock Purdy runs at the 2022 NFL Combine
Brock Purdy runs at the 2022 NFL Combine / Justin Casterline/GettyImages

Brock Purdy slipped to the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, but did his 40-yard time at the NFL Scouting Combine have anything to do with it?

Questions about how San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy slipped to the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft probably aren't going to go away anytime soon.

The Niners' star signal-caller has defied all expectations, rising to stardom in two short seasons despite the moniker of being "Mr. Irrelevant."

What did 31 other teams miss (and what did San Francisco not see for the first six rounds of the draft)?

There are plenty of reasons why Purdy fell so far in the draft, and his scouting report from even listed him as a priority undrafted free agent, so it wasn't as if he was generating plenty of hype around the league entering April of 2022.

However, going back to his workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, one could see some positive traits that have ultimately helped him become a household name.

Including his 40-yard dash.

Analyzing Brock Purdy's 40-yard dash at NFL Combine

Purdy is certainly not a statue under center, and he used his legs to great effect during the 49ers' come-from-behind victory over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs in January of 2024.

As for his 40-yard time at the combine leading up to the 2022 draft, he ran it in a respectable 4.84 seconds.

Putting things into context, Baltimore Ravens MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson ran a blazing-fast 4.34 time, while Kansas City Chiefs star signal-caller Patrick Mahomes ran a 4.80 40-yard time.

While Purdy can't touch Jackson's speed, of course, the former is definitely on par with Mahomes.

The fastest 40-yard time for a quarterback was by Michael Vick (4.33 seconds) back in 2001, while Tom Brady's notoriously slow dash was 5.17 seconds back in 2000.

Where did Brock Purdy's 40-yard dash rank among top QBs at 2022 NFL Combine?

Purdy finished with one of the better 40-yard dashes among quarterbacks in 2022.

Top 8 quarterback 40-yard times from 2022 NFL Combine



40-yard time

Desmond Ridder



E.J. Perry



Kenny Pickett



Dustin Crum

Kent State


Brock Purdy

Iowa State


Bailey Zappe

Western Kentucky


Skylar Thompson

Kansas State


Jack Coan

Notre Dame


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