Jordan Lynch had an excellent college career as the quarterback at Northern Illinois, leading his team to a surprise Orange Bowl appearance in his junior year, and coming in third place in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior. But Lynch wasn’t playing in a pro-style offense, and few people who saw him play in college envisioned him playing quarterback in the NFL.
At least, that’s been the conventional wisdom on Lynch. But Lynch himself says that at the East-West Shrine Game, NFL scouts told him that they believe he can play quarterback in the NFL.
“There were still a lot of questions about whether I should be a quarterback or running back or whatever going into the East-West, and the first two days of practice, all of those questions were kind of eliminated. [Scouts there] believed I could be a quarterback with what I showed them, and there are a lot of teams interested in me as a quarterback,” Lynch told the Chicago Tribune.
Lynch does understand that an NFL team could ask him to change positions, but he doesn’t expect that to happen.
“About half of the teams came up to me [at the East-West game] talking about a different position or special teams,” Lynch said. “Whatever gets my foot in the door, I am willing to do. I believe I am a quarterback first and I will prove everyone wrong and I will keep doing that. If it depends on getting a check or not getting a check, I will do whatever it takes to get that check. A position change really isn’t in the back of my head because I know quarterback is going to work out. If it came down to where I had to make a switch, I would stay on offense. I feel like I am a playmaker with the ball in my hands.”
Lynch was definitely a playmaker with the ball in his hands in college: As a junior he ran for 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns, and as a senior he ran for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns. Despite Lynch’s preference to stay at quarterback, if he’s going to be a playmaker in the NFL, he will most likely be making plays with his feet, rather than his arm.