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Paxton Lynch Scouting Report, QB, Memphis, 2016 NFL Draft

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Today we take a look at a QB prospect, who could very well be ours come April.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Introduction

Hometown: Deltona, Florida

High School: Trinity Christian Academy

Recruitment: Wasn’t Ranked

Injuries/Discipline: Fractured his clavicle in red-shirt sophomore year. Some floating bone fragments were found in his Combine X-Rays.

Measurables

Height: 6'7"

Weight: 247

Class: RS Junior

40 Time: 4.87

Stats

Year Comp% Pass Yards Pass TD INT Rush Yards Rush TD
2015 66.7 3778 28 4 239 2
2014 62.7 3031 22 9 321 13
2013 58.2 2056 9 10 127 2


Positives

  • Has a very strong arm

  • Not afraid to take a hit

  • Has ideal size

  • Very physical

  • Good football IQ

  • Is a fierce competitor

  • Will be a red-zone threat


Negatives

  • Horrible footwork

  • Abandons the pocket prematurely

  • Very inconsistent throwing downfield

  • Doesn’t let his receivers run under the ball

  • Doesn’t play in an NFL type offense

  • Doesn’t throw with great accuracy when on the run

  • Doesn’t keep his eyes downfield once he takes off


Conclusion

With every day Fitz isn’t signed, the masses start contemplating our other options. RGIII is out of the running, and a trade for Kaepernick is unlikely. Maybe we decide to go with our original 2015 starter, Geno Smith. More than likely Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back, it’s healthy to think of other options. Even if we do go after another low quality option, the chance of them being a long-term option isn’t great. We shouldn’t lose focus of our future, even if Fitz does return. Some feel that Paxton Lynch will be there at 20 for us. I am among those that think that. Now the question is, does Paxton have what it takes to be a starting QB in the NFL? He passes the eye test for sure. His big arm, and statuesque figure, is something every team looks for in their franchise QB. The problem is, he is so unrefined. Lynch has all the tools, but is very raw. If we pick him at 20, we have to come to terms with the fact that, he will need a lot of time to grow into a more refined version of himself. It’s impossible to know how the board is going to fall, but if Lynch is there at 20, there will be a huge decision to be made.

Draft Grade: 84

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick