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14 Jul 2020

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Summer Scouting Report: Brock Purdy QB, Iowa St.

Junior | 6’1″ 210 lbs | December 27, 1999 | Gilbert, Arizona

High character team leader that shows a great feel for the game and has boatloads of potential

As a high school senior, Brock Purdy was named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year. This lead him to receive offers from Alabama, Boise State, Texas A&M, UCF and Iowa State, choosing to enroll at the latter, as a 3-star QB. As a true Freshman, Purdy started nine games, throwing for 2,250 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions, two of which coming in the Cyclones Alamo Bowl defeat. In 2019, Purdy impressed in 13 games, throwing for just under 4,000 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions, adding another eight touchdowns and 250 yards on the ground. Only going into his true junior season at age 20, Purdy has plenty of experience at the helm of this Cyclones offense and will look to improve upon his play.

Strengths of his Game:

  • Extremely quick release and picture perfect accuracy on screen and swing concepts
  • Willing runner – whether designed to, scrambling out of the pocket or taking off with with ball
  • Fantastic ability to improvise and turn broken plays into positive gains or less impactful losses
  • When he is comfortable and sets his feet his deep ball is beautiful
  • Always fired up and energetic, looking to make plays and win the game – definitely has a clutch gene (Oklahoma 2019 specifically)
  • Gets plenty of zip on the ball when throwing short
  • Throws with good anticipation down the seam and deep across the middle
  • Trusts his arm to make the big time throws
  • Knows when to step up in the pocket and when to escape – great feel for the position
  • Navigates the pocket and takes hit while running well for his slightly small 6’1″ 210 lbs frame

Questions to Answer/Areas to Improve:

  • Mechanics are poor but coachable – rarely steps into throws or sets his feet leading to inaccurate passes
  • Panics under pressure – tries to either run his way out of trouble or rely on his arm, which saves him from time to time but comes with…
  • Below-par decision making – when under duress he will force throws into traffic and put his receivers in dangerous positions, unable to make a play on the ball
  • Passes go wayward often due to mechanics – will miss simple crossing patterns, outside the hash throws such as comebacks and sideline passes
  • Not a dynamic athlete – will rarely out run or make any defenders miss in the open field at the next level

Injury Concerns:

  • Suffered sprains on both ankles from October – December of his 2019 campaign (did not miss any games)

Way Too Early Projection:

Projects anywhere from a mid day one instant starter to a late day two developmental backup. His play and development in 2020 will be vital for his stock as he has a ton of potential but is simply not ready for the pro game right now. As a true junior it is also never off the books that he returns to school for his senior season.

What to Watch in 2020:

Purdy possesses the natural talent and mindset a pro team looks for, but can he get his mechanics together? His inconsistent play comes from the intricate but crucial flaws in his mechanics. Once those are resolved, are there any other issues that will need to be addressed? With such a major part of the position missing it will be fascinating to see what fixing it means Will it turn him into a perennial pro bowl prospect or if it will uncover new weaknesses?

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