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Aaron Lynch, DE

School: South Florida  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Lynch transferred to South Florida from Notre Dame following his freshman year in 2011 after racking up 7.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries for the Fighting Irish.

In light of his promising 2011 display, many assumed the Cape Coral native would be a one-and-done dominant force in the AAC during the 2013 season, and would command top 25 consideration in the 2014 draft. The one-and-done part turned out to be correct, but Lynch was a far cry from the explosive disrupter at South Florida that his freshman tape showed, as he appeared technically sloppy, disinterested and downright bored at times.

He also dropped in weight a bit, and didn't appear to possess the same power that had previously shown. There's no doubt that Lynch has similar tools and natural ability that some of the NFL's best defensive linemen possess, but does he have the drive, discipline and desire to rebound from a disappointing NCAA curtain call?

Strengths Weaknesses

POSITIVES: A freakish athlete with a rare combination of size, speed and length, Lynch explodes off the ball with an impressive first step, exhibits powerful hands to clear a path and closes with elite burst. At 6-6 and just under 250 pounds (was once around 260 while at Notre Dame), Lynch has room to add mass without losing a step, and offers the versatility of lining up at either end, or even along the interior on passing downs.

When the motor is running, Lynch has appeared unstoppable at times. Has everything you look for in an NFL end, in terms of physical gifts.

NEGATIVES: Lynch's technique and effort have digressed immensely from the guy we saw two years ago at Notre Dame, and as a result he was extremely inconsistent in his lone season at South Florida. Questions abound as to whether or not he has the attitude, team-first mentality and dedication required to succeed at the next level. Does not play to the whistle, and often cuts his pursuit short when a play is moving away from him.

COMPARES TO: Quinton Coples, DE, New York Jets - It's hard to find an NFL comp for a guy who possesses physical tools that most players would only dream of having, yet doesn't appear to be very motivated to maximize them. The reason it's hard to find a comp for such a player is because most of those guys either never make it, or simply don't last long at the next level.

One player who may be considered a success story to some extent, however, is Coples, who, like Lynch, entered the league amidst great skepticism regarding his chances of being an NFL success, due to a lack of consistent interest and effort on tape despite possessing freakish physical tools.

Coples has amassed 10 sacks as a 3-4 end over his first two years in the NFL, and is beginning to show flashes of the player many scouts knew he had the potential to be. Lynch has similar upside, but the team that picks him will certainly be taking a gamble.

--Derek Stephens (2/4/14)

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05/15/2014 - USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has resigned after sending a tweet over the weekend criticizing former Bulls defensive end and San Francisco 49ers fifth-round draft pick Aaron Lynch. "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority," Straub posted to his personal Twitter account Saturday. The tweet was deleted, but Straub was nonetheless placed on indefinite leave before USF announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon. "USF Athletics has high expectations for each and every student-athlete, coach and staff member," Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "To that end, I have accepted the resignation of Hans Straub from the position of head strength and conditioning coach. I thank him for his contributions to USF Athletics and wish him well in his future endeavors. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately."

Lynch was named an All-American at Notre Dame in 2011, but sat out 2012 after transferring to USF and finished with six sacks in 2013. Though he still earned first-team All-AAC honors in his lone season in Tampa, his draft stock slipped. "I am a first-round talent," Lynch said after the draft. "[But] I've made some mistakes in my past and I figured that's what hurt me a little bit." Lynch was recommended to the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh by Bulls coach Willie Taggart, who played for Harbaugh's father Jack at Western Kentucky. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com



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