Humble Brock Purdy understands NFL Draft weaknesses made him a late pick

After watching what Brock Purdy has done in the NFL with the 49ers, the fact that he was selected with No. 262 and the final pick in the 2022 draft is certainly breathtaking.

But hindsight, of course, is 20/20.

The rookie quarterback joined KNBR 680’s “Murph & Mac” on Tuesday morning, and was asked if he thought he should have been drafted above the seventh round from Iowa State.

“You watch the last two years of my film in college and all like that, [and] there are certain parts of my game where, yes, I had to work and improve,” admitted Purdy. “I’m honest and open about it with myself. But there’s always that part of me where I was when I was playing my best football, I know I can play at the next level and take a team to the pitch and be the team guy to help us win and put dots on the board.

“So I’ve always believed in myself, but there were areas of my game that I needed to clean up, so that’s something I’m not hiding or anything. I’m open about it, I am true to myself.”

Before the draft, NFL analyst Lance Zierlein praised Purdy for being an experienced team leader who works well through his progressions, shows tenacity and is generally an accurate passer between the numbers. However, Zierlein also hit Purdy for his set-up in the pocket to be too slow, his delivery being “labored”, his throws lacking the timing to beat NFL cornerbacks, to get away from tight windows and to run out of trust and consistency.

After being selected by San Francisco on April 30, Purdy went to work throughout the spring and summer, improving his game and working on weaknesses that were hampering his draft stock.

“I would say I had the offseason in Florida with guys like Will Hewlett and [Dr. Tom Gormley]”, Purdy said. “These guys have definitely helped my game as an effective pitcher and point guard and things like that. So when I came to the Niners, obviously it helped me improve my game.

“But I’m not mad about where I fell or anything like that. That’s part of it. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to play for the Niners and have a chance to succeed.”

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Purdy’s hard work clearly paid off and saw him make the 49ers’ initial roster of 53 out of training camp behind quarterback Trey Lance and backup Jimmy Garoppolo.

Since the draft, Purdy has continued to defy expectations and cement his legacy as more than Mr. Irrelevant.

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