Munich – It is well known that any tradition can be disputed.
And then there are also customs in the NFL that can be viewed critically from time to time. This includes the infamous “Mr. Irrelevant”. This is the annual name of the player selected by the team with the last draft.
This year, that “honor” went to the San Francisco 49ers. With the 262nd pick, the California franchise eventually selected quarterback Brock Purdy.
Brock Purdy: This is Mr. Irrelevant 2022
The 22-year-old spent four years in college at the Iowa State Cyclones and served as a starter for three years. Throughout his college years, the playmaker averaged 12,170 passing yards, 81 touchdowns and 33 interceptions in 46 games – decent numbers, but not of the caliber that makes you one of the best quarterbacks in the draft class.
Experts from the “NFL Network” rate Purdy as a very accurate pass player who gets the ball out of his hands extremely quickly. His zone readings also show that he is very calm in his pocket. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell also testified to his strong leadership qualities, which he could also bring to the NFL level, he told the “NFL Network.”
Nevertheless, some experts were surprised by the 49ers’ choice, after all, the quarterback position has been solid in the hand for years with last year’s first round, Trey Lance.
Purdy at the 49ers: Kyle Shanahan’s Long Term Project?
But not only is Lance currently ahead of Purdy in the in-depth chart, veteran Nate Sudfeld is also planned as a backup for the upcoming season. In addition, longtime starter Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the list.
Although the 49ers want to get rid of the 30-year-old by swapping this offseason, the real deal has apparently not yet been received in the Bay Area. Should this not change, General Manager John Lynch also did not rule out entering the 2022 season with “Jimmy G” as a luxury backup.
Therefore, the question arises as to what intentions head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. did Purdy “Mr. Irrelevant” 2022 with. One possible approach: Purdy’s style of play is similar to Starter Lance, and not just because of his height. In preparation for the new season, he was able to present himself as a “similar” quarterback to Lance, so the remaining offensive players do not have to switch during individual drills.
So the election should be more understood as a long-term project by Shanahan that could form yet another quarterback in his system – and who knows, maybe the new “Mr. Irrelevant” will also develop into a seasoned NFL player? Kicker Ryan Succop of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was even crowned Super Bowl champion in 2021 as a former “Mr. Irrelevant.”
“Mr. Irrelevant”: Good gesture or outrageous hype?
The last election of the year is always very popular among Americans. Because in addition to the media attention, there are a whole host of goodies. Since 1976, even “Irrelevant Week” has been celebrated. “Founder” is former 49ers and Colts receiver Paul Salata, who first hosted the series of events in 1976. “Mr. Irrelevant” and his family are then invited to spend the week in Newport Beach.
In addition to a visit to “Disney Land”, there are also several charity campaigns on the agenda. What at first glance sounds like a nice gag, however, also has its problems on the other side. Purdy also received the so-called “Lowsman” Trophy this year – a non-serious counterpart to the “Heisman” Trophy, the award for the best player of the respective college year.
Whether it is still necessary today to expose a young adult to such high public pressure – and in this way celebrate the choice of the officially “worst” player in the respective draft year is controversial.
On the other hand, Brock Purdy will obviously be happy that he was drafted at all and does not have to earn a spot in the NFL as an outdated free agent like countless other talents. However, it is still doubtful whether this should be shown with the “Mr. Irrelevant” principle.
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