PLAYER NAME

EDGE

University of Mississippi State

Height

Final Grade

320

9.05

6'2"

Weight

8.00

Athleticism:

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

Purdy is a good athlete for the quarterback position. He excels when changing directions in small and tight areas, allowing him to move around the pocket and evade most rushers and big hits. He can move pretty well and while he doesn't have elite speed, he has enough of it to be a factor in the run game. His good flexibility in his hips and upperbody allow him to throw from a lot of different angle and use a variety of movements to avoid rushers.

Quick Release & Mechanics

Delivery

7.25

7.25

Short Accuracy

Intermediate Accuracy

Big Play Ability

Touch and Ball Placement

Footwork

Arm Strength

Strengths 

Purdy is at his best when improvising inside or outside of the pocket. He is a talented thrower who excels at evading pressure and extending plays while keeping his eyes downfield for any wide receivers who break open. Purdy is also a natural leader and competitor, at times willing Iowa State back into games in the 3rd and 4th quarters. He is a natural athlete who can throw off-platform with ease and make some plays on the ground. His decision-making is also rock solid, as he doesn't put the ball in danger often. Purdy is accurate at all three levels and excels when working within the intermediate range, reading a zone coverage and throwing the ball into tight windows.

Weaknesses

Purdy's arm strength is good but not elite, and that will lead to some underthrown balls outside the numbers or bad throws into tight windows that will turn into interceptions at the next level. Purdy always wants to extend or give the play a chance, leading to some forced balls into double coverage or bad decisions while under pressure. He is of a smaller stature so I have a hard time believing Brock Purdy is really 6'1". While Purdy is athletic enough to make people miss in college, I question whether his level of athleticism will be enough to make similar plays in the NFL. He also rarely, if ever, took snaps from under center, which won't be good for an NFL projection.

Passing Skills:

8.00

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

Quick Release & Mechanics

Delivery

7.25

7.25

Short Accuracy

Intermediate Accuracy

Big Play Ability

Touch and Ball Placement

Footwork

Arm Strength

Purdy is a good athlete for the quarterback position. He excels when changing directions in small and tight areas, allowing him to move around the pocket and evade most rushers and big hits. He can move pretty well and while he doesn't have elite speed, he has enough of it to be a factor in the run game. His good flexibility in his hips and upperbody allow him to throw from a lot of different angle and use a variety of movements to avoid rushers.

Competitiveness:

8.00

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

Quick Release & Mechanics

Delivery

7.25

7.25

Short Accuracy

Intermediate Accuracy

Big Play Ability

Touch and Ball Placement

Footwork

Arm Strength

Purdy is a good athlete for the quarterback position. He excels when changing directions in small and tight areas, allowing him to move around the pocket and evade most rushers and big hits. He can move pretty well and while he doesn't have elite speed, he has enough of it to be a factor in the run game. His good flexibility in his hips and upperbody allow him to throw from a lot of different angle and use a variety of movements to avoid rushers.

Big Picture

Purdy fits firmly into the second tier of quarterback prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. His improvisational ability and leadership qualities will endear him to teams who think they can teach him the things he needs to know to run an NFL offense, but his lack of an elite trait could hold him back when he gets to the next level. His ceiling is extremely high, but I project him to be very similar to Gardner Minshew but with a slightly better arm. In the NFL he will probably be a high quality backup or average starter that can win you some games. He projects to be a Day 2 quarterback who can rise if he plays extremely well next year and performs at a high level throughout the process.

Big Picture

Injury History

No major injury history.

Intelligence:

8.00

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

7.25

Quick Release & Mechanics

Delivery

7.25

7.25

Short Accuracy

Intermediate Accuracy

Big Play Ability

Touch and Ball Placement

Footwork

Arm Strength

Purdy is a player who wants to make something happen no matter the situation. That can lead to him making some questionable decisions and throws while he tries to keep plays alive. He wasn't asked to do much blitz recognition, but he did recognize coverages and made the correct reads a majority of the time. The offense he was asked to run was not very complicated, and he would sometimes work off of a pre-snap read without taking into account anything post-snap or working his progression. He did show good instincts when improvising and feeling pressure, which often led to big plays. His decision making would take a hit under pressure though, as he would at times make a questionable choice when deciding whether to throw the play away or try and keep it alive. He would also trust his arm too much at times and force throws into double coverage or into very tight zone windows.

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