4 quarterbacks drafted before Brock Purdy who have already flamed out

There are probably 31 other teams that wish they drafted Brock Purdy earlier than the 49ers did at the very end of the 2022 NFL Draft.

2022 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3
2022 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3 / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages
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Brock Purdy is clearly the best quarterback drafted in 2022, and he was taken with the very last pick. Others drafted above him have already flamed out.

There were nine quarterbacks taken in the 2022 NFL Draft, which was generally viewed as a weak class, as far as prospect signal-callers were concerned.

San Francisco 49ers fans know one of them very well, Brock Purdy, the final player selected in that year's draft (No. 262 overall), earning the moniker, Mr. Irrelevant.

Purdy has blossomed into a star for the Niners, setting and breaking various records in his two years at the pro level, including becoming only the third San Francisco signal-caller to post a perfect 158.3 passer rating in a game.

The others? Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young.

What about the other quarterbacks drafted in 2022, though? How are they panning out, and which ones have wholly underdelivered or have simply faded into obscurity?

For reference, her are the nine quarterbacks drafted in 2022:

  • Kenny Pickett (Steelers), Round 1, No. 20 overall
  • Desmond Ridder (Falcons, Round 3, No. 74 overall
  • Malik Willis (Titans), Round 3, No. 86 overall
  • Matt Corral (Panthers), Round 3, No. 94 overall
  • Bailey Zappe (Patriots), Round 4, No. 137 overall
  • Sam Howell (Commanders), Round 4, No. 144 overall
  • Chris Oladokun (Steelers), Round 7, No. 241 overall
  • Skylar Thompson (Dolphins), Round 7, No. 247 overall
  • Brock Purdy (49ers), Round 7, No. 262 overall

Which four of that group has completely flamed out after being drafted?

No. 4: Chris Oladokun (South Dakota State)

It's not too fair to call out seventh-round quarterbacks as massive underachievers because their odds of even cracking a 53-man roster at any point in their respective careers are slim.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, who rather shockingly used a first-round pick on Kenny Pickett (more on him later), grabbed some insurance in Round 7 by adding small-school signal-caller Chris Oladokun at No. 241 overall.

Oladokun had some positive traits, including solid mobility and a strong arm, but he was a developmental prospect at the absolute best. Ultimately, though, he failed to make Pittsburgh's 53-man roster or practice squad out of training camp.

That said, Oladokun is now busy hanging out on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad, so his NFL dreams aren't completely over yet.


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