Broncos Scouting Report: QB Paxton Lynch
The Broncos have selected Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Let’s take closer look Lynch at and how he fits on the Broncos roster.
After weeks of debate as to who the Broncos would bring in to compete at the QB position, the question has finally been answered this evening. After trading with the Seattle Seahawks to acquire the 26th overall pick(They gave up the 31st and 94th overall picks, in return), the Broncos selected Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. How I feel about this move? I LOVE IT!! For all of the reasons that I wrote about in an article last week, I believe that this was the best move for the Broncos to make when addressing the QB position.
With that said, let’s take a closer look at Lynch and how he fits on the Broncos roster.
Good arm talent
Great size (6’7, 244lbs)
Great mobility for his size
Started 39 games in college
28/4 TD:INT ratio in 2015
Good field vision
Played in an offense that does not translate to the Pros
Rarely took snaps under center
Level of competition in question at Memphis
Low Wonderlic Score (18)
Still raw at the position (played mostly RB in High School)
Bottom Line: Lynch is a talented prospect with plenty of room to grow. What a fantastic “lump of clay” for Kubiak and the Broncos coaching staff to mold in the Mile High City. Despite the inexperience in a Pro Style system, I feel like Lynch’s skill set will allow him to cut the learning curve and be able to compete for the starting job sooner than people think. With his mobility and arm strength to push the ball down the field, Lynch is the ideal dual-threat option that the Broncos prefer in the backfield running their offense.
A passionate player with great competitiveness, Lynch is certainly a player that can come in and win over his teammates with his style of play. Due to his size and dual-threat ability, some analysts have compared Lynch to Marcus Mariota. That alone should get Broncos fans excited.
Broncos Country, you should be elated with this pick. For YEARS, we’ve been searching for a long-term solution at the position. How fitting was it that the guy that we’ve been trying to replace WAS THE ONE to draft his true successor in the Mile High City. How poetic..
HOW HE FITS: This fit couldn’t be more obvious. If he doesn’t start games at some point in 2016, he will be in 2017. Clearly, they plan on Lynch being the long-term solution at the QB position for many years to come. Despite the Broncos having a resurgence in recent years, it was hard to keep up with the elite teams unless they found a long-term solution at the position. Now that they’ve gotten Lynch, they have a guy that can and will be their long-term answer.
With Lynch being a 1st round pick, the Broncos also have him under a very team friendly rookie contract which includes the fifth year option. If you include the franchise tag, the Broncos can have their franchise QB under a reasonable salary for up to SIX YEARS. That will be huge in terms of keeping a strong roster around the QB.
I love this pick and Broncos Country, let’s give a BIG MILE HIGH SALUTE TO YOUR QB OF THE FUTURE, PAXTON LYNCH!