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2017 NFL DRAFT

Paxton Lynch, QB

School: Memphis  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Deltona, FL
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2731-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.812.811.69- 369'10"4.267.14

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • New York Jets | #20
    The Jets' unwillingness to budge with Ryan Fitzpatrick is an indication that the club is willing to move on at the position. Lynch is quite raw but his combination of size, arm strength and speed could be put to great use by offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who has worked with dual-threat quarterbacks in the past, dating all the way back to the days of Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh.
  • New York Jets | #20
    If Lynch is still available at this point in the first round, pick No. 20 could be the sweet spot for a trade... unless the Jets, who brought the Memphis quarterback in for a visit, see the future of the franchise with Lynch.
  • Cleveland Browns | #8
    OK, so they traded down and still landed a quarterback. That makes sense now. There is talk Hue Jackson likes Lynch.
  • New York Jets | #20
    With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned, the Jets can secure their future and draft Lynch to develop in Chan Gailey's system while Geno Smith serves as the bridge to the future.
  • New York Jets | #13
    The Jets have strong interest in Lynch and the Browns still have strong interest in trading down. If the Memphis QB makes it past the Saints (also rumored to be interested), it wouldn't be a shock to see New York move up and nab him so nobody else can do it before they come on the clock at No. 20.
 

Player Overview

Lynch has athletic bloodlines, including his father, who played college basketball, and a brother who pitched collegiately for Stetson.

Lynch was a dual-threat quarterback in high school but missed half of his senior season with a bruised knee and redshirted at Memphis. Once he took the field in 2013, he never looked back, starting 39 consecutive games to end his career - including a breakout 2015 campaign in which he led the 9-4 Tigers by setting career-highs in completion percentage (66.8), yardage (3,776) and touchdowns (28) while throwing just four interceptions.

Entering the 2015 season, NFL evaluators viewed Lynch as an intriguing prospect, but weren't yet sold because most of his production and positive tape came against unimpressive competition. He changed a lot of those perceptions with an outstanding performance in leading an Oct. 17 upset of Ole Miss - looking unfazed against the Rebels, showing poise, mobility and pinpoint accuracy and completing 39 of 53 passes overall for 384 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' 37-24 victory.

However, while Lynch picked up legions of supporters with the big win, he was entirely ordinary in a 31-10 Birmingham Bowl loss to Auburn, completing 16 of 37 passes for just 106 yards with an interception. In what turned out to be the final game of his collegiate career, Lynch looked befuddled when Auburn took away the screen passes so important to the Memphis offense, raising concerns about how quickly the redshirt junior will be able to acclimate to a more traditional pro-style attack in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Tall, lanky frame with broad shoulders and room to add more weight - built for the NFL and can take a beating. Light on his feet with the athleticism and body control to climb, shuffle and slide in the pocket, buying time and adjusting his throwing platform when needed.

Throws with accuracy on the move and comfortable moving the pocket with boots and motions. Good-enough arm strength to fire strikes with a quick trigger. Quick eyes to scan and make whole field reads. Improved poise to sense pressure and comfortable operating from within a confined pocket. Has the arm talent to get away with throwing without a firm base. Coaches praise his ability to acclimate and football IQ.

Set Memphis single season records for passing yards (3,778) and touchdowns (28) in 2015. Won 19 games as a starter the past two seasons, including the program's first 10-win season since the 1930s - 22-16 career record as a starter.

WEAKNESSES: Gangly even with added weight and must continue and fill out his upper and lower body. Inconsistent base, doesn't always throw with a balanced foundation, which affects his downfield accuracy. Must sharpen footwork. Relies on arm talent over fundamentals. Requires maintenance with his throwing technique, which was not emphasized by his coaches.

Internal clock is still a work in progress, taking sacks that he shouldn't. Smart decision-maker. Still learning which throws he should and shouldn't make. Needs work on touch and timing and developing a better feel for ball speed. All the calls in the Memphis offense came from the sideline.

IN OUR VIEW: Lynch started 39 consecutive games to end his career after taking the field as a redshirt freshman. He had 28 touchdowns and four interceptions in the regular season, completing 66.8 percent of his passes. In the Ole Miss upset on Oct. 17, Lynch was 39 of 53 for 384 yards and three touchdowns.

Entering the 2015 season, NFL evaluators viewed Lynch as an intriguing prospect, but weren't yet sold because most of his production and positive tape came against unimpressive competition. He changed a lot of those perceptions with an outstanding performance in leading an upset of Ole Miss - looking unfazed against the Rebels, showing poise, mobility and pinpoint accuracy.

A former running back, he ran a Wing-T offense in high school and is largely self-taught at the position and still very young in football years, showing vast improvement each of the last three seasons. From a scouting perspective, Lynch needs mechanical work and on-field reps, but he checks boxes for his size, athleticism, arm talent, field vision and appetite for football.

His pro transition will require time and although he might not be "perfect" in every area, the ingredients are there for Lynch to develop into a successful starting NFL quarterback.

--Dane Brugler/Rob Rang (10/29/15)

 
 
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12/31/2015 - Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch has announced he's bypassing his senior year to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Lynch announced his decision Thursday morning, calling it the best decision for him and his family. The redshirt junior concluded his college career Wednesday with a 31-10 loss to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound quarterback was held without a touchdown, a big drop from the seven TDs he threw in the first half of the Tigers' regular season finale over SMU. He was 296 of 443 for 3,778 yards with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions this season completing 69.1 percent of his passes with Memphis (9-4). Lynch says Leigh Steinberg is his agent, and his former coach Justin Fuente, now at Virginia Tech, was at the news conference. - AP Sports
 

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