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Brett Rypien could end decades of disappointment for Boise State QBs in the NFL Draft

Brett Rypien at BSU’s Pro Day

Boise State quarterback and NFL prospect Brett Rypien reflects on Pro Day and his chances at the draft.
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Boise State quarterback and NFL prospect Brett Rypien reflects on Pro Day and his chances at the draft.

For all the successful quarterbacks that have come through Boise State, just one — Kellen Moore — has ever thrown a pass in a regular-season NFL game. Moore threw 104 passes in 2015, with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

Moore is certainly the most decorated of any of the Broncos’ passers but, believe it or not, only two have ever been drafted. And both of those came in an era when the NFL Draft was 17 rounds.

Brett Rypien hopes to be the first Boise State quarterback selected since 1975. And he would not only buck history, but he also would have a chance to be solidly on a roster, unlike many greats who have preceded him in the last four-plus decades.

Here are the NFL opportunities his predecessors have had:

Grant Hedrick: Had mini-camp tryout with Denver following 2015 NFL Draft, but was not signed.

Joe Southwick: Had mini-camp tryout with Oakland following 2014 draft, but was not signed.

Kellen Moore: Signed by Detroit following 2012 draft, spent three seasons on the Lions’ practice squad before signing with Dallas before 2015 season. Played three seasons for Cowboys, appearing in three games in 2015.

Mike Coughlin: Signed by Tampa Bay in July 2011, was released two weeks into training camp.

Taylor Tharp: Signed by Carolina following 2008 draft, but was released before training camp.

Jared Zabransky: Signed by Houston following 2007 draft, briefly was on Texans’ practice squad before being released. Signed with Pittsburgh in February 2008, but was released before training camp.

Ryan Dinwiddie: Signed by Chicago following 2004 draft, spent preseason with Bears and was signed to the practice squad. He was released in 2005 just before the regular season after playing for the Bears’ NFL Europe affiliate in Hamburg, Germany.

Bart Hendricks: Signed by San Diego following 2001 draft, spent preseason with Chargers before being released two weeks before start of regular season.

Jim McMillan: Drafted in 14th round (350th overall) by Detroit in 1975 draft, never appeared for Lions, signing with Hamilton of the CFL.

Eric Guthrie: Drafted in 14th round (356th overall) by San Francisco in 1972 draft, never appeared for 49ers, signing with British Columbia of the CFL.

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Dave Southorn is a 2004 graduate from the University of Colorado. He has covered Boise State athletics since 2005, and worked at the Idaho Statesman since 2013. He’s won multiple Idaho Press Club awards and once won a contest designing a play for the Seattle Seahawks.If you like seeing stories like this, please consider supporting our work with a digital subscription to the Idaho Statesman.