Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) hi-fives with fans as running to the locker room after winning 30-7 over Texas at Jack Trice Stadium, Nov. 6, 2021, in Ames, Iowa.
Brock Purdy is the 2022 NFL Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant.
The winningest quarterback in Iowa State history drew the good-natured distinction when he was taken by the San Francisco 49ers with the last pick of this year’s event on Saturday in Las Vegas.
He’s the first Cyclone signal-caller to hear his name called since Seneca Wallace was taken by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round in 2003.
Purdy finished his career in Ames with a staggering 32 school records, owning nearly every major statistical record for quarterbacks. For his career, Purdy completed 68 percent of his passes for 12,170 yards and 81 touchdowns while leading the program to 30 wins across four seasons.
The Gilbert, Az. native finished his career 16-1 against Big 12 teams at Jack Trice Stadium, helping the program reach bowl games in four straight years, including its first berth in the Big 12 title game and a Fiesta Bowl win in 2020 for the school’s first New Years Six victory.
Purdy twice earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was a second-team choice as a sophomore in 2019. He was also the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the program’s Fiesta Bowl win over Oregon.
This brings Iowa State’s total number of players drafted to four, joining running back Breece Hall (2nd, Jets), Enyi Uwazurike (4th, Broncos) and Charlie Kolar (4th, Ravens).