QB Brock Purdy, Iowa State
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Gilbert, AZ (Perry)
247 RATING: .8594
POSITION RANK: 4
Passing: 6,232 yards (65.9%), 43 touchdowns, 16 interceptions
Rushing: 557 yards (2.9 ypc), 13 touchdowns
Passing: 3,982 yards (65.7%), 27 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
Rushing: 249 yards (2.7 ypc), 8 touchdowns
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Brock Purdy Breakdown
– Decision making
– Ball placement
– Sold runner
– Bouncing back
– Arm strength
– Impatient at times
– Risk taker
Matt Campbell hasn’t seen many quarterbacks that have an elite amount of poise under pressure. He also hasn’t coached many with the talent of his current starter. Brock Purdy took a huge step from his freshman to sophomore seasons, and now he’s gaining Heisman attention from the entire country. Throw in a vote of confidence from ESPN’s Todd McShay, and Purdy will be a player that’s heavily scrutinized for the 2021 NFL Draft.
The best thing about Iowa State’s leader is that pressure doesn’t faze him. He’s always calm in the pocket, waiting for a receiver to get open. Even if there’s pressure in his face quickly, Purdy’s processing the game at an elite speed, so he knows where his hot routes and checkdowns will be if he needs to get the ball away quickly. At times, he can get impatient, and leave the pocket before giving his receivers a chance to get open. He’ll resort to using his legs to get him out of trouble when letting routes develop is the better option. If he does make a mistake, he’s one of the best at moving on to the next play. His coaches don’t have to worry about compounding mistakes because he has such a short memory.
His quick release also helps him adapt to a pass rusher that gets to him faster than expected, and helps him fit passes into tight windows that might close quickly. Typically, he makes good reads and puts the ball in a safe place for his receiver to catch, but there are times where he takes unnecessary risks. If he ever gets into trouble, however, his legs can bail him out.
Brock Purdy took a giant leap in his development, and there’s no reason he can’t emulate that rise that LSU’s Joe Burrow did this past year. He has the tools to be a great quarterback, and his current trajectory has NFL scouts interested. On a team that’s usually an underdog, Purdy is the perfect quarterback for the Cyclones, and that makes his story more interesting.