Daniel Jones Miami to the Dolphins:
To be the QB at a basketball powerhouse like Duke you have to have poise! Jones has displayed an extraordinary amount of poise under pressure while with the Blue Devils. Unfortunately, for Dolphins fans, Jones is being compared to Ryan Tannehill. I see it in a sense, but Jones’s arm talent is better in my eyes. The comps do not get better from there. Josh Allen, Zach Mettenberger, Eli Manning, Connor Cook, and Davis Webb all compare to Jones’s athletic profile. Without trying to sound too optimistic, I would lean more towards Eli Manning, minus the sour puss faces.
Jones doesn’t have gaudy pure passer numbers, but he was able to make his team better every season while at Duke. He does throw with great anticipation and placement. He is a mature player who understands when to run to keep the drive alive and he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 17 TDs in his 36 collegiate games.
Miami needs a fresh start. New OC Chad O’Shea comes to town after serving as the New England wide receiver coach for the last decade. He can help Jones walk the walk. Ryan Fitzpatrick will put up a strong case as QB1. It would not be surprising to see him as the starter for 2019. He is not the future. Jones could be helped by being given a redshirt year to understand the game mentally before he gives it a go physically.
Will Grier to the New England Patriots:
I get it, anybody to the Pats is going to excite the masses. Grier spending a year or two under Tom Brady seems like a properly designed development plan. Grier is clearly out of the first round discussion, but he still holds a ton of intrigue as a second wave option. Sounds like Jimmy Garoppolo all over again! Thankfully, Grier is not more handsome than Brady.
Grier’s delivery, arm angles, and footwork remind a lot of Brady. Both can let loose for the deep ball. Grier just really needs to work on his intermediate zip and bulldog grit to his game.
I am not pounding the table or standing on the proverbial soapbox saying that Grier is the next Tom Brady. That would not be fair to anybody. Simply put, if Belichick is to outlast Brady in New England, Grier would be a solid option to do the things that have made the Pats successful.
Brett Rypien to the New Orleans Saints:
This could likely be a UDFA situation. Sure, Teddy Bridgewater is seemingly the eventual heir apparent. However, injuries happen, and Bridgewater knows that another freak accident could happen to anybody. If and when it does, he will be at the top of the list of trade options for desperate teams trying to salvage their season.
Nobody is all that “high” on Rypien. This is mainly due to his size. At just 203 pounds, the 6’2” signal caller’s is also not very agile. He is the son of former Washington Redskins QB Mark Rypien, who was a sixth-round draft pick in 1986.
Brett Rypien’s compact delivery and his experience are the main reasons why I believe he can make it in the NFL. His release is short, swift and accurate. He was a three-year starter in high school and four-year starter for Boise State. Now with seven years of starting experience, he will get a chance to sit a watch a master technician like Drew Brees pick people apart and lead.
Rypien’s sense of timing and knowledge of coverage schemes leave little doubt in my mind. His TD to INT Ratio of 90 to 29 is par for the course considering he threw the ball over 30 times a game. He can be something serviceable. Head coach Sean Payton was able to design the best scenario for Drew Brees to thrive. Surely, he can figure out what he needs to make Rypien shine.
Thanks for reading! Look for my article on the more highly rated quarterbacks in the 2019 class coming soon. You can find me on Twitter @DFF_Cog.