2. Brock Purdy (QB)
- No. 262 overall selection (2022)
Call him what you want. A system quarterback. Overrated. But one thing is for sure, Mr. Irrelevant was a phenomenal pick-up by the San Francisco 49ers.
With Kyle Shanahan and company taking a page out of his father's playbook with the now-Washington Commanders, the Niners selected a quarterback when they already had a presumed starter in Trey Lance - see the Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III comparison. NFL.com's scouting report of Brock Purdy didn't even bother to give him a pro comparison and said, "throwing is more of a chore than a talent thanks to a labored release."
Purdy not only went 5-0 as a rookie but has the Niners one game away from the Super Bowl during his sophomore campaign. In 2023, he ranks top-five in completion percentage and passing touchdowns. He leads the league in passer rating and passing success rate.
Yes, he has a stacked offense at his disposal. However, you can't hold that against someone who has made the most of his opportunities. As for Lance? He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for nothing more than a third-round selection.
Of course, Adam Peters and the Washington Commanders have a quarterback conundrum of their own to solve this offseason. Sam Howell is the only signal-caller under contract. Expect the organization to bring reinforcements - perhaps with the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft.