Brett Rypien grades out as Nick’s #6 overall QB, comparing to quality NFL starter Kirk Cousins. In the right landing spot, Rypien has the makeup of a player that will be worth stashing, even in standard leagues.
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Draft Grade: Day 2 NFL Comp: Kirk Cousins
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Rypien shows a good knowledge of his offense by progressing through his reads. Not only will he progress through multiple receivers, but will go from one side of the field to the other.
However, Rypien can stare down receivers when he wants to take a shot down the field. This has led defenders into the area and turnovers were the consequence. While he is moving from receiver to receiver, Rypien will reset his feet to maintain a good base at all times.
He shows good poise in the pocket, but is inconsistent with his pocket presence. At times, he shows good timing with getting rid of the football when a defense is blitzing or just before pressure will get to him. He can climb the pocket and avoid pressures as well, but other times he will hang onto the football too long. One area of concern is Rypien’s ball security in the pocket. He will fumble the football more than the average quarterback when he gets hit.
Rypien makes smart decisions with the football, which helped Boise State do well in 3rd down conversions. If he’s under duress and no receiver is open, he throws the football away or overthrows or turfs it. He will check the football down if nothing else is available to keep his offense ahead of the chains.
He’s also a decent athlete who can run the football, when necessary , and he makes smart decisions to get down early to avoid unnecessary contact with the defense. This isn’t a knock on his toughness because he stands tall in the face of pressure to deliver a pass. The Boise State product sells his run fakes well and it really opens up his play action receivers.
Rypien doesn’t possess good arm strength to zip passes into small windows down the field or outside the numbers. However, he’s just below average to average in this category and can make up ground here with his other traits. He can throw the football down the field, but he tends to add a little bit more air and lose some accuracy. When throwing short and outside the numbers, his passes show inconsistent accuracy. They’re generally solid, but some may be short or late. When he wants to push the ball down the field, Rypien shows good placement away from defenders. He trusts his receivers by giving them opportunities on 50/50 jump balls and they tend to go his way because of the location of the football. He leads his receivers to give them a better chance at running after the catch. Rypien shows good overall accuracy.
Overall, Rypien is an impressive developmental quarterback. Playing in a smaller school has left him an under the radar prospect. He progressed during his time at Boise State and left his best work during his last season. In 2018, Rypien produced his best completion percentage, yards, touchdowns on his most passing attempts and still posted his second least interceptions. He oozes the confidence that he can lead an offense. If he can get a little bit of time to absorb an offense and improve on some weaknesses, he could be a low end starter in the NFL.