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2015 NFL DRAFT

Aaron Lynch, DE

School: South Florida  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
187175-6
Player News
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

05/12/2014 - QUOTES TO NOTE: "I mean everybody's right. I am a first-round talent being that I've made some mistakes in my past and I figured that's what hurt me a little bit. I'm just so excited that the 49ers came around and got me in the fifth round." - Aaron Lynch on dropping after being considered a first-round talent early in his collegiate career. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 5/150 -- Aaron Lynch, OLB, 6-5, 249, South Florida...Lynch is another developmental piece with very high upside. He starred at Notre Dame his freshman season in 2011 leaving many to believe he would have been a first-round pick in this draft. But he went through a number of personal issues - none of which included run-ins with the law - that led to a transfer to South Florida where he never regained his freshman form. If the 49ers can re-energize him, he could become a valuable pass rushing weapon. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - 49ers deepen roster with 12 picks in draft...In the fifth round the 49ers landed intriguing and trouble outside linebacker Aaron Lynch, who stood out as a true freshman at Notre Dame before transferring to South Florida where he could be closer to home and address some family issues. After taking a season off per NCAA rules, he never returned to form. But the 49ers believe Lynch will turn a corner in the pros and realize his upside he exuded while with the fighting Irish.

Lynch is a natural pass rusher with long arms, akin to Aldon Smith. Standing 6-5 and 249 pounds, Lynch might be in the perfect situation for his development. San Francisco is already loaded at the position with Smith and Ahmad Brooks as the starters with Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier working in reserve roles. Lynch is going to have to take drastic steps both physically and mentally to carve a spot on the roster. - The Sports Xchange

05/06/2014 - Five players who should be on the Minnesota Vikings' draft radar...DE Aaron Lynch, South Florida: Spielman has shown a willingness to bet big on athletes. Lynch looked like a future first-round pick during his time at Notre Dame but, frankly, just went through the motions after his transfer to South Florida. Lynch possesses a prototypical frame at 6-foot-5 with long arms and broad shoulders. He slimmed down with the Bulls, weighing in at 249 pounds after tipping the scales closer to 260 with the Irish and needs to regain his bulk and determined play to stick in the NFL. If he commits, however, Lynch could prove a big-time steal. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Aaron Lynch, USF, So., 6-6 244, Cape Coral, Fla./Notre Dame,...Lynch, who was selected a 2011 first team freshman All-American after his first season of play at Notre Dame, posted 30 tackles on the season and finished strong with career-high tying totals of two sacks, four tackles for loss and six tackles at Rutgers. He tied for sixth in the AAC in both sacks and tackles for loss on the year. - South Florida football

12/17/2013 - Lynch to Enter 2014 NFL Draft...Sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and declare himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft...University of South Florida redshirt sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral) has informed the school that he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and declare himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. "We thank Aaron for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future," USF head coach Willie Taggart said. "We look forward to Aaron representing USF well in the NFL."

Lynch led USF with six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in the 2013 season, his first playing for the Bulls. The 6-6, 244-pound defensive end earned first team All-AAC honors while posting 30 tackles on the season. He previously earned Freshman All-America honors while playing the 2011 season at Notre Dame. He transferred to USF prior to the 2012 season, which he sat out under NCAA transfer rules. USF has had 22 players selected in the NFL Draft since 2001. - South Florida football

10/12/2013 - Marvin Kloss hit two field goals, and Aaron Lynch returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown as South Florida beat Connecticut 13-10 on Saturday. It was the Bulls second consecutive win without an offensive touchdown. USF (2-4) is 2-0 in the American Athletic Conference after beating Cincinnati last week. Kloss' 44-yard field goal with just over 4 minutes left capped a more than 7 minute fourth-quarter drive, and was the game winner. He has converted on nine consecutive attempts, including a 47-yarder in the first half.

Lyle McCombs had a career-high 164 yards rushing and a touchdown for Connecticut, which has lost five straight games to open a season for the first time since 1977. The loss spoiled the debuts of freshman quarterback Tim Boyle, who went 15 of 43 for 149 yards, and interim coach T.J. Weist, who took over the UConn program two weeks ago when Paul Pasqualoni was fired. - AP Sports

09/16/2013 - South Florida might be looking at a winless season. The Bulls are 0-3, and while one loss was to Michigan State, the team got blown out by both McNeese State and Florida Atlantic. With just Miami and the AAC games left, USF has a lot of work to do to come up with a victory. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2013 - Sophomore DE Aaron Lynch, who had 5.5 sacks in his one year at Notre Dame and figured to give the Bulls a big lift with their pass rush, is still looking for his first sack. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 14. Aaron Lynch*, DE, South Florida (6-5, 248): With Tuitt and Nix, Lynch starred at Notre Dame before sitting out last season as a transfer. Long, athletic and powerful, Lynch boasts undeniable talent. Scouts want to see more maturity from him, however. They're also expecting big plays -- something Lynch was unable to accomplish with just three tackles in a surprising home loss to McNeese State in the Bulls' opener. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 14. DE Aaron Lynch, South Florida (6-5, 248, 4.76)* -- Along with Tuitt and Nix III, Lynch starred at Notre Dame before sitting out last season per NCAA rules regarding transfers. Long, athletic and powerful, only has to answer questions about his commitment to earn a top 20 selection as the talent is obvious. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - NEWCOMER TO WATCH: DE Aaron Lynch - The transfer from Notre Dame sat out last season after starting six games for the Irish as a freshman in 2011. With 5.5 sacks in just one year, he will give the Bulls a huge boost in their pass rush. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Aaron Lynch, South Florida,...Lynch sat out last season after transferring to USF from Notre Dame, where he earned first-team Freshman All-America honors after posting 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss in 12 games (six starts) as a true freshman in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 244-pounder from Cape Coral, Fla., was named to the Athlon Sports preseason 2013 American Athletic All-Conference First Team in June. - South Florida football

08/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DE Aaron Lynch - The transfer from Notre Dame played 11 games for the Irish in 2011. He sat out 2012 as a redshirt and could be a huge factor for the defense in 2013, teaming with Giddins to give the Bulls a terrific pass rush. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - TOP SOUTH FLORIDA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. Aaron Lynch (6-5, 248, 4.65)*...Lynch transferred from Notre Dame following his freshman year in 2011, and after a mandatory sit-out and redshirt in 2012, will be draft-eligible after this season. All he did as a true freshman in 12 appearances (5 starts) at South Bend, was rack up 7 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hurries. 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, 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 you hear scouts talk about the prototypical pass-rusher, Lynch is the type of prospect they're referring to. If he can add improved technique to his physical ability this season, he may not last more than a single season in South Florida. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/30/2013 - USF was picked fifth in the preseason poll. The Bulls are led by new head coach Willie Taggart, who comes to Tampa after orchestrating a remarkable turnaround at Western Kentucky. Taggart takes over a USF squad that went 3-9 last season, but returns a solid defense. DeDe Lattimore is a preseason candidate for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, while defensive end Aaron Lynch moves into the lineup after earning Freshman All-America honors at Notre Dame in 2011. - AAC football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Aaron Lynch, USF...Lynch sat out last season after transferring to USF from Notre Dame, where he earned first-team Freshman All-America honors after posting 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss in 12 games (six starts) as a true freshman in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 244-pounder from Cape Coral, Fla., was named to the Athlon Sports preseason 2013 American Athletic All-Conference First Team in June. - South Florida football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Aaron Lynch, USF, DL...Lynch sat out last season after transferring to USF from Notre Dame, where he earned first-team Freshman All-America honors after posting 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss in 12 games (six starts) as a true freshman in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 244-pounder from Cape Coral, Fla., was named to the Athlon Sports preseason 2013 American Athletic All-Conference First Team in June. - South Florida football

 
Player News
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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