Mark Schofield’s RSP Scouting Lens: Brett Rypien and Full Body Manipulation

Rookie Scouting Portfolio author Mark Schofield takes a trait he noted in an analysis of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford’s game and links it to 2019 NFL Draft prospect, QB Brett Rypien of Boise State.

We return to a trait previously analyzed in Matthew Stafford’s performance: The idea of full body manipulation.

Before diving right in, however, it is worth it to take a moment and talk about the subject of this piece, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien.

I am a huge fan of quarterbacks who do all the small things:

  • Looking off defenders
  • Throwing with anticipation
  • Throwing on time and in rhythm
  • Putting throws in the right spot based on the coverage.

Because if you add all those small things together, you’ll start to put together some great drives, some great games, and a great career.

That is why I am a big fan of Rypien. He does all of the small things I love to see in young quarterbacks.

Rypien had a huge start to his 2018 season, throwing four touchdowns against Troy University on the road. His first came on a sluggo (slant-and-go) route where similar to Stafford, Rypien uses full body manipulation to get a defender out of step for a split second, which is all he needs:


Obviously, the 2018 season is barely underway. But Rypien’s collegiate career is in full swing in this, his senior year. More plays like this…more games like this, and chances are you will see a quarterback that does all the small things…playing on a much bigger stage.

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