Drew Lock will get all the hype for being the future, but Brett Rypien can change that fate with the Denver Broncos and unlock another quarterback debate.
The Denver Broncos took a first-round quarterback in the second round. It was tremendous value for Drew Lock who understands he will be a backup under Joe Flacco. However, there will be a competition between Lock, Kevin Hogan, and Brett Rypien for the backup spot.
In my opinion, Hogan’s days are numbered despite bringing him back before the 2019 NFL Draft began. But I don’t think the Broncos felt Rypien would go undrafted. Therefore they pounced at the opportunity to add Rypien.
Rypien has tremendous value to where he could overtake Lock as the starter down the line or be flipped for better draft position. That’s ultimately how good I think Rypien can be. Whether that is in Denver or some other place. He is accurate and his mobility is vastly underrated.
Rypien shows accuracy throwing while moving his feet. His pocket presence is also incredible. If you watch his feet in the pocket it makes for a case that Rypien can create opportunities despite not the greatest athleticism.
Life after Joe Flacco is the mystery. Denver Broncos certainly had their share of bad quarterbacks with Brock Osweiler, Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, and Chad Kelly after Peyton Manning.
By all accounts and on paper, Drew Lock and Brett Rypien are better playing quarterback than any of those players, certainly coming out of college. Where the Broncos are sitting right now, my guess is they feel more comfortable with their quarterback position than they did a handful of months ago.
Lock will get the noise and rightfully so, but Rypien can change all that. Do not be surprised if Denver has themselves their version of Jimmy Garoppolo/Nick Mullens in the Mile High City.