Former SF offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu just put an interesting note on Twitter/Facebook that he’s working with OL Nic Purcell to get him ready for a tryout with the Eagles. I’d never heard of Purcell so I did a bit of digging. Turns out he is a really interesting player.
Purcell is 26-years old and from New Zealand. He tried to go to Oregon after playing junior college football, but was denied by the NCAA for a highly questionable reason. Here is the full story on things.
Purcell lists at 6-6, 300 and is reportedly a good athlete. He played LT in JC. Purcell is a feisty run blocker who likes to put guys on the ground. It is impossible to get a good reading on his pass protection skills due to the level of competition. It does appear he needs to get stronger, but that’s something that can be easily fixed.
I hate that the NCAA kept him from playing in college. It will be interesting to see if he has any type of actual NFL potential. Good luck to Nic.
NCAA is such a joke. Good luck to Nic on the possible tryout with the Iggles.