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TBN Draft Prospect Profile: Paxton Lynch

Measurables:

Height-6’5.5″

Weight- 244lbs

Arms- 34 1/4″

Hands- 10 1/4″

Combine:

4.86 40 time

36″ vertical jump

9’9″ broad jump

7.14 3 cone

Year G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int
2013 12 203 349 58.2 2,056 5.9 9 10
2014 13 259 413 62.7 3,031 7.3 22 9
2015 13 296 443 66.8 3,778 8.5 28 4
Totals 38 758 1205 62.6 8,865 7.4 59 23

There probably isn’t a quarterback who looks more the part in the NFL Draft than Paxton Lynch. A little known quarterback out of the state of Florida who took over the Memphis job his redshirt freshman year before leading them to a conference championship. His coach Justin Fuente left Memphis job to take the Virginia Tech following the retirement of legendary coach Frank Beamer. The move might have had a large factor in Lynch’s decision to declare for the NFL Draft.

There is an inexperience factor with Lynch that makes him a little harder to project. While he did play and start 38 games at Memphis, he came from a high school that ran an offense older than father time. The winged t offense hasn’t been popular since Glenn Scobey “Pop” Warner implemented it in 1907. What Paxton Lynch does bring to the table is a very live arm. He shows the arm strength to make all the throws from nine routes, outs and deep posts. When Lynch throws from a set base he is very accurate. The problem in lies that he doesn’t always have the best footwork mechanics using his arm to overcome the issue.

Lynch didn’t come from a pro style offense with the Tigers using a lot of no huddle and shotgun formations but he definitely has the tools. He is very good on the move. He is less of a “dual threat” quarterback but he will use his mobility to keep you honest. Much like what Cowboys fans saw from Tony Romo early in his career. Lynch does show good touch at times especially when throwing on rollouts and bootlegs. With work on setting his base, Lynch should only improve.

Lynch needs to vast improvement in his decision making and pocket awareness. Going through his progressions, he can be a bit slow. This also leads to holding onto the ball too long and taking unnecessary sacks. These are aspects that can be fixed at the next level.

Paxton Lynch reminds me a bit of Joe Flacco. The size, arm talent and playing at lower level of competition. If he can make it through the first round, one would expect him to be at play for the Cowboys provided they don’t target Carson Wentz or Jared Goff in the first.

 

About Patrick Conn

Patrick Conn is the lead NFL Draft analyst for TBN. Over the past three years he has worked with Inside The Star, Blogging The Boys, and Fansided. His work has even been published on SI.com. Patrick has been on ESPN East Texas discussing the Cowboys and the NFL Draft. Follow him on twitter @DraftCowboys.

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