Baylor (2021), Texas (2021), Louisiana (2020)
Purdy possess great leadership and toughness that you look for in a franchise quarterback. He was a 4 year starter at Iowa St. and was very productive... numbers don't lie. He was great in the RPO/Play Action scheme. He is not the strongest or fastest at his position but he is not afraid to stick his nose in there to move the chains. Purdy is an accurate passer in the short passing game as well as outside the pocket. He does not lack the confidence to try and squeeze balls in tight windows or throw over the middle. He flashed unique field vision throughout his career with the Cyclones.
Purdy lacks true arm talent and is not a natural thrower of the football. His release is strained. His footwork in the pocket is a major concern. He always appears to be throwing off balance and is rarely seen stepping into a throw. This resulted in too many errant passes. His lack of arm strength and poor lower body mechanics seriously hinder his ability to push the ball down field and create big plays. At times he seemed lost in the pocket and held on to the ball too long. Purdy's numbers and production could be a result of the system in which he played in. This raises red flags on whether he can compete at a high level in the NFL.
Purdy has all the tangible traits teams look for in the NFL such as leadership and heart. However, he lacks the intangible traits that are crucial to be successful at the next level. His lack of arm talent limits him as a playmaker. He struggles to push the ball down field as a result of this and his poor footwork and release only amplify the issue. There is one system and one system only that Purdy will have any success with at the next level, which is play action. A play actrion system allows for Purdy to utilize his great field vision and accuracy in the short game. He is a tough runner, but does not possess the athleticism for him to be a threat at the next level. Purdy has grit and experience. If he can find the right system and work on his footwork. I can see Purdy being a great back up and or security blanket for a team. Look for him to get drafted late day 3 of the draft.
Purdy's test results don't pop off the charts in regards to agility, but he runs with grit. He has enough athleticism and speed to pick up yards needed to move the chains. Purdy made a career at Iowa St. off of RPO and Play Action. He is at his best making one read and going. He is arguably more accurate outside the pocket than he is in the pocket, however he struggles to avoid pressure and at times appears to be stuck in cement.
Scrambling Ability and
RPO and Play Action
Pocket Mobility/Avoid Pressure
Big Play Ability
Big Play Ability
Touch and Ball Placement
Purdy lacks true arm talent. His ball positioning in the pocket causes a slow release. His footwork and lower body are the root of all his problems. He too often is throwing off his back foot and rarely steps into his throws. He flashed accuracy in the RPO scheme with short passes or rolling out of the pocket. He struggles to push the ball down the field, which limits his big play ability.
Poise in Pocket
One thing that Purdy has is toughness. He has no problem putting his body on the line to pick up an extra yard, which his teammates absolutely loved. He was uber productive at the college level due to the system he was in. His poise in the pocket was questionable, he never seemed to stand in there and deliver a strike...always throwing off his back foot.
Purdy at times made up for his lack of arm talent with his vision and instincts. However, this could be a product of the system he played in at the college level. He made some questionable decisions under duress. He was not required to make too many Pre-snap adjustments.