By: Steve Johnson
Brett Rypien, QB, Boise St.
*Combine measurements and drills will be added in Feb.
2015: 11 games. 272/428 for 3350 yards. 20 TD, 8 int
2016: 13 games. 244/394 for 3646 yards. 24 TD, 8 int.
2017: 13 games. 218/348 for 2877 yards. 16 TD, 6 int
Accolades: 2015 Mountain West Freshmen of the Year, 2015 Poinsettia Bowl MVP, 2015 First-team All-MWC, 2016 First-team All-MWC, 2017 Second-team All-MWC,
History: Four-star recruit from Spokane, WS. The nephew of former Redskins QB Mark Rypien. Also played baseball, like his father who had a career in the minor leagues. Broke many of Kellen Moore’s Washington state passing records. Graduated early from Shadle Park High School, and enrolled at Boise St., in January 2015.
Strengths: Decent size, nicely built. Quick and clean release. Throws a tight spiral. Good mechanics. Comfortable going through his progressions. Throws a very catchable ball, leads his receivers to good spots. Has shown at times, the ability to stand tall in the pocket and make a big throw. Decent athlete who can pick up a first down every now and then. Has taken some snaps under center, and has played in more of a pro-style system than most. Experienced. NFL bloodlines.
Weaknesses: Panics under pressure, which breaks down his smooth mechanics. Gets happy feet and makes questionable throws. Arm strength doesn’t stand out. Throws a nice deep ball but the velocity for tight windows/sideline throws isn’t there. Hasn’t been strong enough with the ball in the pocket, some bad fumbles. Lacks ideal height.
Overview: Rypien, is a smart pocket passer with a quick release and decent athleticism. Experienced in making multiple progressions and understanding of his offense, he unfortunately lacks the size and arm strength that might get him taken off some boards. He projects a potential starter that would need a couple years to groom.
Draft Projection: Day Two Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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