SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Before Saturday, Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy had a large range of prospective results in mind for his football future. In the days leading up to the NFL draft, he had actually been informed he might be prepared as early as Round 4 or go undrafted completely.
As it ended up, Purdy did get picked. Barely.
With the last choice in this year’s draft, No. 262 general, the San Francisco 49ers picked Purdy. It’s an option that features the title of “Mr. Irrelevant” and consists of a week of activities in Southern California.
In the minutes after his choice, Purdy didn’t think twice to accept his brand-new title however likewise made it clear he means to take a longer-lasting, more crucial position as an NFL quarterback.
“I think it’s a funny thing,” Purdy stated. “If you’re a fan, or even my family, friends and stuff, it’s funny to laugh about it and joke around with it. For me, I’m looking at it as an opportunity. I got my foot in the door, a team believed in me and now I get my opportunity to go and play football. That’s what I want my career to be. That’s what I want my job to be is to be an NFL quarterback and now I have the opportunity to do so. That’s how I’m looking at it.
“From the outdoors searching in, I think it’s an amusing thing and I’ll accept the function and have some enjoyable with it for sure, however at the end of the day I’m attempting to go and assist a group win the Super Bowl. That’s where my frame of mind is at with it.”
Purdy had an inkling he could land in San Francisco after a Zoom meeting with Niners quarterbacks coach Brian Griese about a month ago. That interest was forged when coach Kyle Shanahan asked Griese and assistant quarterbacks coach Klay Kubiak to put together a list of names they liked at the position.
“He was a person we identified early as our No. 1 complimentary representative we were gonna pursue and when you get to there and they have not been prepared, we have the last choice, we believed it was best,” Shanahan said. “The man has actually played a great deal of football. He plays the video game properly. He’s very difficult, gets the ball to the best areas and plays effectively in the pocket and is a person who we believe can can be found in here and assist us submit this lineup and provide himself a possibility to make the group.”
Purdy was a four-year starter for the Cyclones, ending his career with 12,170 passing yards, 81 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in 46 starts. He also rushed for 1,177 yards and 19 scores.
In late June, Purdy will get the chance to take part in “Irrelevant Week” in Newport Beach, California, an annual event that in the past has included a banquet and surfing lessons.
Before that, he’ll get a chance to begin making his mark on the Niners, presumably as a developmental prospect behind Trey Lance and Nate Sudfeld as San Francisco continues to seek a new home for veteran Jimmy Garoppolo.
“He’s appropriate to us,” basic supervisor John Lynch stated.