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NFL teams look at Jordan Lynch as a running back or safety

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When we last heard from former Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, he was saying he had been told by NFL scouts that he could be a pro quarterback. But at his Pro Day workout today, NFL scouts wanted to see how he looked doing drills as a running back or defensive back.

Lynch hadn’t prepared to do any position drills on defense, but when some coaches who attended the Pro Day asked him to, Lynch obliged.

“A few teams really like me at running back and I did some safety footwork drills today out of the blue and got some positive feedback there. They said I have nice feet, quick feet,” Lynch told 670 The Score in Chicago.

There’s no doubt that Lynch has quick feet: His time of 6.55 seconds in the three-cone drill wasn’t just the fastest of any quarterback at this year’s Combine, but was faster than any running back as well. Lynch has the athletic talent to play some position at the next level.

But for all his success as a Heisman Trophy finalist in college, he’s probably not a good enough passer to play quarterback in the NFL, even if he’s still holding out hope that he can.

“I helped myself today,” Lynch said. “I threw every NFL route today. Threw on time, threw on target, threw everything. Maybe a few incomplete passes here and there.”

If Lynch helped himself today, it was most likely because of his willingness to work out at a position other than quarterback.

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17 Responses to “NFL teams look at Jordan Lynch as a running back or safety”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 7, 2014 5:23 PM

    Bud’s Brake & Muffler is looking at him as a lube guy or front end specialist.

  2. bewaredware says: Mar 7, 2014 5:38 PM

    Do not want

  3. warhawk137 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:44 PM

    Poor man’s Tim Tebow.

    (don’t look at me like that)

  4. eaglesfan21 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:46 PM

    Hopefully he can make the transition to safety from QB like another Lynch I know…that beast named John Lynch!

  5. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    Good on him for taking it in stride but that’s gotta be a blow to be asked to try out at running back or safety.

    Funny thing is, he has shown less hubris than the anointed one.

  6. pem34 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    “They said I have nice feet, quick feet,” Lynch told 670 The Score in Chicago.”

    So….the Jets are trading up then, right?

  7. mooser80 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:55 PM

    “They said I have nice feet,” Lynch told 670 The Score in Chicago.

    Obviously it was Rex Ryan who told him that.

  8. meatcarroll says: Mar 7, 2014 5:58 PM

    The Seahawks should draft him so he could be reunited with his brother from another mother Marshawn.

  9. beavertonsteve says: Mar 7, 2014 5:59 PM

    There are some really bad QBs on NFL rosters. Someone has got to give this guy at least at shot at making it onto a roster as a QB.

  10. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 7, 2014 6:00 PM

    The next Joe Webb.

  11. dqstrong says: Mar 7, 2014 6:01 PM

    This should’ve been Tebow’s fate entering the NFL as well. He’s never been a passer of the football, not even in college. But here’s the difference, first his name wasn’t Tim Tebow. Second, for Tebow to have a chance at playing at the NFL it had to be at QB because he isn’t athletic enough to play another position. His only hope was for the spread option to work for him. Problem is, that only works in the NFL if you can throw the football, which he can’t.

  12. EJ says: Mar 7, 2014 6:37 PM

    I’m sure there will be more than a few teams looking to take Lynch in the second or third round.

  13. rextraordinaire says: Mar 7, 2014 6:53 PM

    Lovie Smith think’s he’d make a great wide reciever, because you know, he’s fast and stuff.

  14. djshnooks says: Mar 7, 2014 7:22 PM

    Eric Crouch 2.0

    I think Manziel ends up there too…just don’t see him sticking as a QB, he’ll get killed.

  15. germanvampire says: Mar 7, 2014 8:07 PM

    Nolan Cromwell revisited!

  16. campcouch says: Mar 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    at least he’s appreciative of any chance to play at the pro level. There are quite a few former college QBs who changed positions and are excellent players in the NFL.

  17. shlort says: Mar 8, 2014 6:03 PM

    Another Denard Robinson? Draft him as a “playmaker”, then realize his is not good enough at any position to play pro football?

    I’ll laugh at anyone who takes this guy with a draft pick unless it is the end of the very last round of the draft. It’ll take 3 or 4 years to get this guy to be a pro (if ever)

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