Round Seven, Pick 223: Brett Rypien, Quarterback, Boise State
Motown’s backup quarterback situation is less than ideal and has been for a few years. And while it may not matter this year, if quarterback Matthew Stafford ever goes down in the future it would be nice to have a backup that could keep the team afloat for a couple games.
Brett Rypien is the eighth overall quarterback on Matt Miller’s big board and has the potential to serve as an above average backup quarterback. The Draft Network’s Ben Solak writes that Rypien is “super clean mechanically” and has traits that “serves career longevity and snap-to-snap accuracy”. Rypien has traits that would make him a great backup to Stafford and the Leos selecting him in the seventh round sounds good to me.
Other Options Considered: Kendall Baker (Georgia Offensive Tackle), Dontavius Russell (Auburn Defensive Lineman), and Mark McLaurin (Mississippi State Safety)
Round Seven, Pick 244: Mark McLaurin, Safety, Mississippi State
Mark McLaurin is Matt Miller’s ninth ranked safety and offers solid depth for a secondary that lacks talented depth overall. McLaurin is smart and a plus run defender.