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Fits and Starts of the 2019 NFL Draft–Brett Rypien

Shawn Digity



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Brett Rypien at the East/West Shrine Game. Image courtesy of USA Today

Which 2019 NFL Draft quarterbacks fit for the Miami Dolphins, which ones could start, and which ones aren’t on the table? 

Sixth up, Brett Rypien.

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The Fits and Starts series is putting some less-common quarterback names under the microscope. We’ve heard a lot about the ring leaders of this draft class’ quarterbacks: Kyler MurrayDwayne HaskinsDrew Lock, and Daniel Jones, but let’s not forget about the overshadowed guys. We talked about Jarrett Stidham, Jordan Ta’amu Will Grier, Tyree Jackson, and Clayton Thorson already, so let’s move on to the next name on the list: Boise State’s Brett Rypien.

Brett Rypien Mini-Report

Brett Rypien is a perfect example of an overshadowed prospect. I’ve heard some rumblings about him, but overall I had almost forgotten that he was in the quarterback class with the talk about all the other guys.

That’s a crying shame, too, because Brett Rypien is good; he should be getting more love. Compared to the other guys I’ve covered o far, I think Rypien might be my favorite. While I don’t think the Dolphins are in the market for him at 13, I could see Rypien becoming a dark-horse first-rounder, by virtue of an extreme trade-down by a QB-hungry team or someone getting ahead of the curve of needy teams in the second round.

I like Brett Rypien more than Drew Lock and Daniel Jones, as it stands. Jones, from what I’ve watched of him so far, is getting some unwarranted attention and Rypien has somewhat fallen to the wayside.

For Brett Rypien, I watched the Boise games versus Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship and Utah State (Jordan Love caught my attention, for what it’s worth, but he’s a 2020 prospect). Rypien took me by surprise, and I’m a fan now.

One of the games actually had a feature of breaking down Rypien’s ability to go through progressions, in which he went through the first four and pulled the trigger on the fifth read. We’re off to a great start.

I saw plenty of poise in the pocket. Brett Rypien was comfortable with commanding the offense and showed some cerebral ability to throw open his receivers in some cases.

His pocket presence was hit-or-miss. I saw some sacks that could’ve been avoided and I also saw some escapes and step-ups that looked like more luck than anything, but maybe he has better peripheral awareness than I’m giving him credit for.

There was a play in the second quarter of the Utah State came where Boise is in the red zone and Brett Rypien is flushed from the pocket. He rolls out to avoid the initial wave of pressure and while keeping his eyes in the end zone, he efficiently, and with little wasted movement, re-establishes his stance, finds nothing, avoids a second wave of pressure by stepping forward and eventually throws the ball out of the back of the endzone.

There were a lot of encouraging indicators during that play. He has the ability to throw the ball away, which is an underrated trait and the opposite can lead to forced passes and turnovers. The pocket presence can be one of his strengths, but I’d like to see it more consistently.

He showed a positive trait of internal time management and improvisation. He knew how much time he had from being hit, the pocket collapsing, the receivers potentially getting separation, resetting his feet and making the pass. He could weigh those options on the fly and make a judgment call when things got chaotic. The game isn’t too much for him and he has the ability to stay calm under pressure.

The arm strength is good, but not great; Brett Rypien can air it out when necessary. The accuracy isn’t stupendous, either. I saw overthrows on intermediate routes and underthrows on deeper routes. I wasn’t overly concerned about the placement though, they weren’t super errant passes, so maybe some fine-tuning can help him with that after getting some NFL coaching.

Although I can’t really tell if this affects his film, Brett Rypien has some intangibles that are worth noting. He’s a legacy prospect, meaning that he has the bloodline effect, where his uncle, Mark Rypien, could’ve acted as a quarterback mentor. He was also the starter for four seasons at Boise State, which shouldn’t be discounted.

Brett Rypien has some limitations, but they aren’t critical. Rypien has a lower ceiling than some of the other prospects in this draft class but also has a slightly higher floor. I think Rypien is the most likely out of the Fits and Starts quarterbacks to have a good career.

At the End of the Day

Here’s the kicker: Brett Rypien might be the lowest I’d be willing to settle for in this class for a starting quarterback. Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are no-brainers, to me, and Drew Lock will get taken early enough that instant starting will be likely required.

I wouldn’t rush Daniel Jones into a starting role and I also don’t think he’s a great fit for Miami, but Brett Rypien might get selected early enough that the team will consider his day-one starting. In the Dolphins case, if Rypien became their pick after trading down later into the first, or if they nabbed him in the second round, I’d be accepting and cautiously excited by what we could do in a potential rookie showcase.

I am an Ohio University alum and I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for the last two years. I’ve been a Dolphins fan since I was a kid and I picked them because I liked the old-school logo. It grew from that as I got older and I luckily caught the tail end of Dan Marino’s career. It’s stuck ever since and now I’m an upstart, wild-and-free Dolphins beat writer, loving every second of it.



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    Rick Vesser

    February 26, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Shawn, nice read. We are from the area up here also where Rypien played High School ball @ Shadle Park, & got to see all his games @ Boise State. I believe you are spot on with your opinions of his abilities. Good family & he has a level head about him with a good personality. The only thing I have to disagree on is the 1st rd possibility. I am not an NFL Exec: nor NFL scout but don’t see it. Maybe 4/5 rd. I think he could lead the Dolphins. If anyone has seen him play a few times you can see his talents. Would love to see him on the Dolphins. Keep up the in depth reads!

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    Greg Draheim

    April 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I live in Boise and Rypien is a really good quarterback. Any team would be lucky to have him on the team!! Good luck Brett!!

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Miami Dolphins select Ohio State’s Isaiah Prince in the sixth round

Shawn Digity



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With their sixth-round pick and 202 overall, the Miami Dolphins selected offensive tackle Isaiah Prince out of Ohio State

The Dolphins received the 202nd pick as part of the package in Day 2’s trade-down with the Saints. After moving down and chipping in their fourth-rounder, the Fins got the late sixth-rounder in return as part of the deal.

The Dolphins took Isaiah Prince out of another strong program that consistently shoots out offensive lineman, Ohio State. Prince’s teammate, Michael Jordan, went earlier on Day 3 to the Bengals.

Isaiah Prince is a tough evaluation. I wasn’t a big fan and Prince often times was on the losing end of the point of attack. He was called for numerous holding calls and I saw him on the ground a lot. This might be because he has less-than-ideal foot movement. I am interested to see how he factors into the Dolphins’ grand scheme. He might specialize in becoming the swing tackle.

Isaiah Prince is very raw, but the Ohio State pedigree for trench players speaks for itself, so this could turn into a good late-round pick with a little time and development.

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Dolphins Draft Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel

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Miami had quite a wait before its first day-three selection. In the fifth-round, with the 151st-pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Wisconsin Linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel. A JUCO transfer, Van Ginkel picked up 12 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss in his Badgers’ career (off the bench in 2017, starter in 2018). The linebacker added two interceptions, five pass breakups, and four forced fumbles.

The Dolphins have a glaring hole in the assumed Kyle Van Noy role, in a player that can play inside and outside at the linebacker position. Miami will attempt to develop Van Ginkel to set the edge in the running game, blitz the quarterback, and move all over the formation.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: Did not run
Bench Press: 17 reps
Vertical: 38 inches
Broad: 123 inches
3-cone: 6.89
Short Shuttle: 4.14

Van Ginkel has a similar build to Van Noy. At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds with 32 1/2 inch arms, the length and backfield production surely attracted Miami to Van Ginkel’s game.

Via that report from, Van Ginkel plays with a high-motor, plays through injuries, and has the requisite athletic ability to play a multi-faceted role in the defense. His lean build and lack of power makes him a questionable edge-setter, which could prove problematic in the new defense. He allows blockers into his frame and doesn’t disengage very often.

Van Ginkel figures to make the squad on special teams and serve as depth in the linebackers room.



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What positions will the Miami Dolphins address on Day 3 of the Draft

Shawn Digity



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Charles Omenihu in the Sugar Bowl. Omenihu is still available on day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Image courtesy of USA Today Sports

The Miami Dolphins still have four picks left in the 2019 NFL Draft. Which positions should and will be addressed by the time the dust settles on on the 209 NFL Draft?

With the trades that came yesterday on Day 2, the Dolphins are left without a fourth-round pick. They used pick 116 as a kickback-pick to the Saints when trading down from 48 to 62. Although they scooped the Saints’ 2020 second-rounder, the Dolphins will now have to wait until pick 151 to get their first selection of the day.

At 151, partway through the fifth round, the Dolphins could still get some good value. I would look for them to go in on the edge rushers. Some guys I would personally like to see at that pick are Arkansas State’s Ronheen Bingham, Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby, Georgia’s Jonathan Ledbetter, Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, or Oregon’s Justin Hollins.

Charles Omenihu is surprisingly still available, but I expect him to be selected sometime during the fourth round. Here’s a more comprehensive list of available edge rushers from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.

I also expect the Miami Dolphins to address the offensive line again at some point during Day 3. Michael Deiter, the third-round pick, is a good start, but I’d like to see another draft pick get dedicated to the interior offensive line. I wouldn’t be upset to see the Dolphins select a right tackle, either, even if Jesse Davis is already tentatively penciled in there.

Some targets that I’d like in the later rounds include Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt, Notre Dame’s Alex Bars, Arkansas’ Hjalte Froholdt, Kentucky’s Bunchy Stallings, Florida’s Martez Ivey or Miami’s Venzell Boulware. Here are some more prospects that could be available later today for the offensive line. Here’s a second perspective from Kevin Brown on some of the talent still on the board for Day 3, as well.

The third position I’d like to see get selected is cornerback or safety. There are still some hidden gems available and some of them could still be available in the seventh round.  Some of my personal favorites include Sheldrick Redwine from Miami, Xavier Crawford from Central Michigan, Jimmy Moreland from James Madison, Hamp Cheevers from Boston College, Ka’dar Hollman from Toledo, and Blace Brown from Troy. Here are some rankings for the best remaining defensive backs.

The final position I would address is quarterback. Yes, you read that right. I’m still taking a flier on a late-round quarterback and keeping three of them on the roster for 2019. Josh Rosen is the new kid on the block, but I would nab someone like Garnder Minshew with the 234th and final selection for the Dolphins. For a better understanding of the late-round quarterbacks, here’s a piece I did talking about the deep-dive prospects.

Once it’s all said and done, I am hoping that the Miami Dolphins will have drafted several of these positions. Edge, DB, offensive line and quarterback are on the wish list for the remainder of the draft.

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