6-4/254 Boston College
Pros: Has nice soft hands and can snatch ball out of the air. Gets a nice release off the line. Shows some pop off the snap as an inline blocker. Gives good effort as a blocker, and is very good at getting position and getting seal on the edge. Blocks well on the move working at H-back. Does a nice job securing ball after the catch and is a decent runner afterwards.
Cons: Not explosive, and not likely to turn catches into big plays due to his ability after the catch. Not going to challenge a defense vertically because he lacks good speed. Not the strongest blocker and can get pushed back at the point of attack. Doesn't get much push when he's an inline blocker. Not that effective as a lead blocker when he lines up at fullback.
Overview: Purvis is going to be a solid pro, he just probably won't be anything special. But he's the type of player that will be willing to do anything you ask him. Works at H-back, on the line, and also fullback occasionally for BC. fits best as an H-back. He was Ryan's favorite target in 2007, and his production did fall off as a senior, probably because of Ryan's absence.
NFL Forecast: He's a solid intermediate passing threat. His best role is as an H-back, but I have little doubts in time he'll develop and improve his technique enough that he'll be capable inline blocker as well. Not great at fullback, but I'm not going to doubt his ability to improve there, and could be a starter in an offense that likes to use two tight end sets like in Detroit or Miami. He's a versatile option that can fit in almost every offense. And I like his potential as a starter. Probably won't be a star, but very effective and much appreciated by his team because of his versatility. You're not blown away by his ability, but he's a steady, consistent player that it wouldn't be surprising if he develops into a Pro Bowl player in the right offense. After all, few scouts were super high on Owen Daniels coming out of school as well. He could be a guy that if need be, can step up and be a 40-50 catch guy. A similar player to Jimmy Kleinsasser.
ATL Forecast: A reunion of sorts between Matt Ryan and his favorite target in college makes a lot of sense. Purvis really isn't an upgrade over Peelle, but they are similar players in that they give you steady consistent play week after week. And Ryan is already comfortable with Purvis, which makes his potential to be a bit more productive in the passing game a bit higher than Peelle's. Purvis can play H-back for the Falcons, also get maybe some reps as a fullback in goal line situations, as well eventually working himself into an inline blocking tight end much like Hartsock down the road. He's a good fit in Atlanta because he can basically be whatever the coaching staff wants him to be. He'd probably be starting inside three years. And if not, then at worst he'll be a little bit more valuable than Brian Kozlowski was here as the second tight end during the Dan Reeves years.
Value: Purvis is a nice middle round pick. I'd take him in the fourth round, although his lack of strong upside could knock him down to the fifth round on some boards.
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