WT: 202 lbs
High School: Perry (Gilbert, Arizona)
Accolades: 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team. 2018 ESPN Big-12 True Freshman of the Year, Honorable Mention All-Big 12. 2019 Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist. 2019 2nd Team All-Big 12, 1st Team Academic All-Big 12.
Scouting Report: QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State
Arm Talent: The natural arm talent that Brock Purdy has is insane. Slings the ball effortlessly and without real difficulty at great lengths. Shows the ability to throw with touch, although sometimes he needs to take some heat off of his passes.
Accuracy/Placement: Purdy goes through stretches where he is on fire and he cannot be stopped. His accuracy and placement is incredible in those times. Anticipation is very good too, as he has more than shown the ability to make tight window throws. However, the inconsistency is there and sometimes Purdy tries to force it through windows that aren’t there. Something he will need to continue to learn with repetition.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: Purdy shows good pocket presence, and has a good natural feel for it. Footwork is good, although inconsistent, and it shows in many of his throws.
Mobility/Play Creation: Purdy is certainly mobile enough to make things happen from outside of the pocket. He’s athletic enough to be a little bit of a factor as a scrambler, but I don’t think he’s fast enough to be used on quarterback draws like Iowa State was able to use him for. He’s not as accurate while throwing on the move outside of the pocket as some quarterbacks in this class, but he’s adequate.
Field Vision/Football IQ: Purdy shows good anticipation and can read downfield coverages pretty well. Shows incredible football knowledge and knows how to react to situations on the field. I’m impressed. Sometimes, he will “anticipate” things that are not there, and that’s something that we will hope to see him grow with.
Leadership/Personality: Coaches and teammates rant and rave about his locker room presence and leadership. Purdy has been well liked all of his career and the true definition of a leader. People say that they will “go to war for him.” Coaches rant about how coachable he is. It shows, too.
I think one of the most impressive notes that I can come away with in Purdy’s evaluation was how well he progressed after losing his top two offensive playmakers from his freshman season. Arm talent is evident with this kid, and it’s natural. He has an insane ability to make incredible throws and create tough plays.
What I want to See in 2020: I do want to see Purdy clean up some of his decision-making, at least show progression in that. I want to see him be more consistent with his footwork and see him settle down when under pressure.
Grade: Low Impact. A good 2020 season will move him to an Instant Impact.