Career Recap: Over the past three seasons, Purdy has been one of the most consistently productive quarterbacks in college football. He has led Matt Campbell's point-machine offense, which has had its way with Big XII defenses. In Purdy's 2018 debut, he completed 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,250 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He hit his best numbers in 2019, completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 3,982 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In the shortened 2020 season, Purdy stayed consistent by completing 66.6 percent for 2,750 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
2021 Season Outlook: Purdy and the Cyclones should, once again, have their way with the Big XII conference because there is not a scary defense on their schedule. Their toughest games will come against Oklahoma State (Oct. 23), Texas (Nov. 6), and Oklahoma (Nov. 20).
Skill-Set Summary: During the 2019 and 2020 seasons, some in the draft media started projecting Purdy as a first-round pick. He has produced some big games against Big XII defenses, but he does not have a startering skill set for the NFL. His size, arm and athleticism give him the physical talent of a backup-caliber pro.
To start out on the positive, Purdy is an efficient rhythm passer who makes very good decisions overall. He is accurate in the short to intermediate part of the field, throwing a very catchable ball with nice touch. He does a good job of taking what a defense gives him, and he moves the chains through moderate completions. In the pocket, Purdy hangs tough and does not get rattled by the rush coming down around him. His poise helps him stay on schedule and demonstrate uses nice anticipation to read coverage and distribute the ball.
On the negative side, Purdy does not have a powerful arm and is not a mobile running threat. He already can struggle to avoid pass rushers and blitzes. Purdy is not the dual-threat type en vogue in the NFL, and his ability to avoid defenders is going to be exposed further by the speed and athleticism of professionals. Purdy is on the short side as well, so seeing the field well could be challenging for him in the NFL.
Purdy does not have a starter's skill set, but he could develop into being a solid pro backup.
2022 NFL Draft Expectations: A couple of team sources gave WalterFootball.com their opinion on Purdy after some in the draft media started hyping him as a future first-round pick.
"No, he's not a high pick for sure," said one director of college scouting. "He's an excellent decision maker with accuracy to facilitate everything well, but more of a dink-and-dunk type rather than a big-time playmaker. He does not have an elite trait, is stumpy looking, and doesn't make many off-schedule plays. He can't escape blitz pressure. He's not even fully a mid-rounder yet, but the quarterback position always gets overinflated."
Another area scout was a bit higher on Purdy, "I don't see him as a first-rounder, but I liked the kid when I was watching [Iowa State's] games. He showed anticipation, accuracy and poise. I think he's more of a Day 2 guy."