Paxton Lynch. That’s a name that’s starting to sound familiar. Where have you heard it from? Well, if you’re following the NFL Draft in any capacity, you’ve been hearing his name since the Memphis Tigers beat Ole Miss on October 17th, 2015.
A player with all the physical tools you’d want in a quarterback, Lynch is slowly becoming a big name in the NFL Draft community. Is he the best overall quarterback in this draft class? Only time will tell, but let’s take a peek at what scouts are seeing in the Delton, Florida product.
Projection: First round
Comparison: Blake Bortles
- Arm Strength
- Athleticism and Mobility
- Decision making under pressure
- Lacks consistent touch
- Downfield accuracy spotty
- Faced above average competition
- Footwork concerns
- Pre-snap reads
With this scouting report being launched pre-bowl season, we’re really excited to see how Lynch fares against the Auburn defense. While Auburn’s defensive scheme has left room to be desired, they’re still above and beyond most of the competition that the Memphis Tigers faced on a consistent basis. The comparison to Bortles matches not only the physical tools that both players possess with arm strength, size and mobility, but in the road to stardom with strong sophomore and junior campaigns against mediocre competition. I do believe that Lynch will be slightly less mobile against NFL talent, unlike Bortles who has developed into a play maker with his feet as well.
There’s a lot to like about this kid. He’s a humble leader who seems to have built a great relationship with the Memphis faithful, while being able to put up fine numbers on the turf. From a physical perspective he’s an NFL quarterback. He has the arm strength to take shots down field and he has the football IQ needed to make reads. His pre-snap opportunities will need to be showcased at the next level, something he rarely was able to focus on in an up-tempo Memphis offense that relied heavily on quick reads, as well as screens.
In what is perceived to be a “weak” quarterback class, the expectation is for Lynch to rise to the Top 10 rankings and potentially the top quarterback spot as well. The upside is certainly there, but the teams that will pull the trigger will be taking a chance on raw potential with this progressing quarterback.