Finally! With their second sixth round pick of the draft the Lions grab a quarterback who can be a stable backup behind starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Rypien is a steady passer who can make most throws on the field.
While he doesn’t have the arm of the Drew Lock’s or Tyree Jackson’s in this draft class, he displays better pocket poise and better accuracy. Rypien displayed plenty of qualities throughout his time at Boise State that can translate to the pro game at a solid level.
Rypien can give the Lions the kind of backup that Nick Foles was for the Philadelphia Eagles or that Case Keenum was for the Minnesota Vikings. He has all the skills necessary to become a top tier backup and could even be the eventual successor to Stafford when he and the Lions eventually part ways many years from now.
Even if he does not turn out to be starter material he will at least give the Lions a passer who can keep the Lions afloat should Stafford ever go down with an injury.