Third round: Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Why would the Broncos draft Rypien?
The nephew of former Redskins Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien, Brett Rypien has been steadily improving over the course of the past four years at Boise State.
I’m including him in this mock draft as a third-round pick, but Rypien could go anywhere from rounds 3-5 based on his athletic profile, size, and whether or not he stands out enough in the pre-draft process.
A third-round pick as high as the Broncos are expected to have could be quite rich for this type of player but do you think the Redskins regret picking Kirk Cousins in the fourth?
The Broncos would make this selection for a few reasons.
First of all, I think they really need to find another young quarterback to start developing in-house. This year’s draft class is not necessarily a draft where you want to put all of your eggs into one player’s basket if you can avoid it, though some players may turn out to be better than they look now.
Second, this pick makes sense for the Broncos because they’re not really risking much with it. If it works out with Rypien, that’s great. If not? No worries. This is a relatively risk-free shot on a player with some talent and an ability to hit throws at every level of the field.
He’s completing nearly 69 percent of his passes as a senior and looks like he’s taken his game to the next level.
Again, the Broncos could potentially look at Rypien an entire round later, and we’ll experiment with that in future mock drafts, but I wanted to highlight him as an option if they choose to wait until day two for a quarterback and still get two players who can start or play right away in the rounds prior.
Rypien is one of a few quarterbacks in this class sort of flying under the radar, and he could help the Broncos.