What did the NFL think of "Mr. Irrelevant?"
Bob McGinn shares what the scouts told him about 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy.
This is the second of a series of stories looking back at active players and their situations entering the NFL draft. The comments from personnel men were made to me in the months leading up to the draft for my NFL Draft Series, which dates to 1985. Scouting football prospects is an inexact science, particularly when it comes to off-the-field factors. It often has been said that no two evaluators view a player exactly the same way.
All things being equal, there are just four other quarterbacks in the 16-team NFC that I would currently take over Brock Purdy to win a game.
They are Jalen Hurts, Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff and Kirk Cousins.
You might make a case for Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Daniel Jones and Geno Smith, and maybe even a few others. Certainly, Purdy is blessed to be surrounded by such talented players and coaches in San Francisco. But Purdy, just about the unlikeliest of NFL starting quarterbacks, has been on such a mighty roll since last December that it’s difficult to pick against him.