Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch to declare for draft

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Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch didn’t leave his bowl game on a high note, but he’ll soon be able to console himself with a professional contract.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Lynch will announce that he’s leaving school to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft, in which he’ll be one of the top quarterbacks chosen.

He’ll join recently declared Cal quarterback Jared Goff at the top of the discussion, and given the (relatively) cheap contracts rookies are getting now, both will likely be chosen high in the first round.

Of course, Lynch’s bowl tape won’t help him, as he was kind of a mess in the Tigers’ Birmingham Bowl loss to Auburn. He was 17-of-38 for 104 yards and an interception.

But the 6-foot-7 Lynch has the kind of size and athleticism and arm strength which gives teams reason to overlook one bad game.

17 responses to “Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch to declare for draft

  1. In his defense, his WRs played horribly in their bowl game and none of the QBs coming out this year are Day One starter material. That being said, this guy has the most physical upside. Think Osweiler with wheels.

  2. As a Browns fan, I really hope the team does NOT draft a QB early. QB play, shockingly enough, was NOT the team’s problem this year–the abysmal defense, porous O-line, and non-existent running game were.

  3. So who is going to get fired taking him and Goff at the top of their draft boards, lol. I know Tampa and Tennessee are happy they didn’t listen to people telling them to wait.

  4. I have major doubts about this guy. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a really good QB in this draft. If my team needed a QB (they don’t-Mariota) I might take a flyer on Connor Cook if he falls to round 2.

  5. Dolphins need to draft a QB. Tannehill has no pocket presence. He stands in one position, only occasionally does he roll out to the right.Initially I was a big fan of his but after 4 years I know he’s not the answer.

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    miriam45 says:
    Dec 31, 2015 11:25 AM
    Dolphins need to draft a QB. Tannehill has no pocket presence. He stands in one position, only occasionally does he roll out to the right.Initially I was a big fan of his but after 4 years I know he’s not the answer.
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    You’ve got to be kidding. Do you actually watch Miami games? Draft another QB and put him behind the same line and you will get the same results. Miami’s oline is horrendous. They have 3 worthy NFL starters, who are off the field more than they are on it. In case you haven’t noticed, on the occasions when the line is even remotely competent, and the run game is functioning (when the coaches don’t continually abandon it) Tannehill and the offense shine, and they win. Look it up. It’s a team sport. QB’s can’t do it all themselves. They aren’t magicians.

    Miami has numerous issues to address before the QB.

  7. .
    The problem with Roger Goodell’s self engineered pipe dream of a different Super Bowl Champion every year, is that it doesn’t take into account the lack of field ready QBs in the league.

    If the AFC Playoffs were today, the starting QBs for the entrants would be :

    Brady
    McCarron
    Osweiler
    Hoyer
    Smith
    Fitzpatrick

    With competition like this, why can’t Brady play another 10 years?
    .

  8. I don’t think there are any franchise quarterbacks in this year’s class. At minimum, none of “best available” are day one starter material.
    Better luck next year.

  9. I saw all I needed to see. Not good enough but he’ll still be drafted by a desperate team in need of a QB and make millions.

  10. I like Lynch. Still think Hackenberg is the best QB in this class, and Marquise Williams from North Carolina is the most underrated.

    Admittedly, I haven’t seen Wentz play, so I will youtube him.

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