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Brock Purdy from Iowa State is Mr. Irrelevant

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Sir. irrelevant? Not if you ask the San Francisco 49ers.

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy is 2022 Mr. Irrelevant, the award given to the selected player with the 262nd and final pick in the NFL Draft. It comes with an ego check and a week of festivities in Southern California, but the 49ers insist they took the election seriously.

“He’s relevant to us,” General Manager John Lynch told reporters.

The quarterback, a four-year-old starter who is more adept at scrambling than passing, has a chance to excel with the 49ers. Reports have swirled that they are listening to trade proposals for Jimmy Garoppolo. Trey Lance, the No. 3 senior from North Dakota State in the 2021 draft, may be their designated quarterback for the future, but there may be room on the list for a long shot like Purdy.

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“I think it’s a fun thing,” Purdy said (via the 49ers’ website). “If you’re a fan, or even my family, friends and stuff like that, it’s fun to laugh at it and joke with it. For me, I see it as an opportunity. I got my foot inside, a team believed in me, and now I get my chance 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 it.How I look at it.

“From the outside looking in, I think it’s a fun thing and I definitely want to embrace the role and have fun with it, but in the end I try to go and help a team win the Super Bowl. It’s there , my mindset is with it. ”

During his college career at Ames, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound won some major fights against Oklahoma, Texas and Oregon, and a 2019 series of fall victories as a sophomore over West Virginia, Texas Tech, Kansas and Baylor was marked “Brocktober.” Last season, he completed 71.1 percent of his passes (67.7 for his career), most of which were mid-range attempts.

Purdy was 30-17 at Iowa State, with a 24-11 mark against the Big 12 team. He is a native of Gilbert, Ariz., He passed 12,170 yards and totaled 13,347 yards of total offense, passing for 81 touchdowns and running in 19.

Still, the NFL story has not been very kind to Mr. Irrelevants, since Paul Salata, who played professional football in the 1940s and 50s, created the award in 1976 and intended it to be a party rather than a mockery of a player who would normally be forgotten. A successful businessman, he organized a celebration of the player, held a banquet, parade and other events for 45 years in Huntington Beach, California (Salata died last year at the age of 94).

Salata’s family intends to continue the festivities, and so far there is optimism about Purdy’s pro future.

“He was a guy we called our No. 1 free agent early on, we would go after and when you get there and they have not been drafted we have the last choice we thought was perfect,” coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. ‘The guy has played a lot of football. He plays the game the right way. He is extremely tough, gets the ball to the right places and plays very well in his pocket and is a guy who we think can come in here and help us fill out this list and give himself a chance to get on the team. ”

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