When the San Francisco 49ers selected Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy with the 217th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, many people wrote him off as the year’s “Mr. Irrelevant.” But just one year later, Purdy is proving to be anything but irrelevant, as he stands out among the other quarterbacks of the 2023 NFL Draft class.
After a stellar college career, Purdy took the league by storm in his rookie season with the 49ers. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, leading the team to a Super Bowl berth. His success has made him a key figure in the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes, despite the fact that he was picked last in the previous year’s draft.
Purdy’s success has been compared to that of Tom Brady, who was also a late-round draft pick. While Purdy may not be as accomplished as Brady, he has taken a page from the six-time Super Bowl champion’s story by proving that late-round picks can still make a huge impact in the NFL.
As the 2023 NFL Draft approaches, Purdy is being seen as a potential first-round pick. While his pre-draft scouting report wasn’t the best, it’s clear that he has the talent and drive to make a lasting impact in the league. With the 49ers looking to make another Super Bowl run, Purdy could be the key to their success.