Purdy reveals how 49ers approached him before draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 49ers had the entire decision in their hands when they made their final selection at No. 262 in the 2022 NFL Draft.
San Francisco could have used the pick on another positional player and then signed quarterback Brock Purdy, who they had their eye on, as an undrafted free agent. But the 49ers would run the risk of another team signing him.
“There were a bunch of teams calling, both my agent and I, that were interested and wanted to meet and then obviously sign me with them,” Purdy told reporters Thursday. “We had a running roster, but there wasn’t exactly one team I was going to go to.”
Nonetheless, the 49ers chose to make Purdy “Mr. Irrelevant,” and the 23-year-old revealed the process that may have tipped the scales in his favor when meeting with the organization.
“I did a Zoom meeting with [quarterbacks] coach [Brian] Griese and [assistant quarterbacks coach] Klay Kubiak, so we set up a zoom and went through a few plays at Iowa State, my history and my thinking, all that kind of stuff,” Purdy said.
“And then, going into the last day of the draft, Kubiak and Griese called me and just caught up to me and said, ‘Hey, hopefully we can get the opportunity to take you today to one point, “so that was really about it.”
Since taking over the starting job for the 49ers after Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13, many other NFL teams have wondered how the Iowa State product fell to the last draft pick.
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But it’s clear his smarts and drive have had an impact on San Francisco’s scouting department, and the 49ers are certainly glad Purdy is still on the board at No. 262.
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