Starting QB’s in the NFL are often considered to be the “face of a franchise”. If that’s the case, it didn’t take long for Paxton Lynch to take on that role. Let’s take a look at his cover for Sports Illustrated.
With Draft weekend past us, Broncos Country can now exhale and take solace in the fact that the Broncos may have finally found their long-term answer at the QB position. With how the game is played today, elite play from the QB position is more important than ever. Because of that demand by the fans and organizations, alike, teams are infamous for inflating the draft stock of QB prospects hoping to find “the guy”.
In the case of the Broncos, they not only selected Lynch with a premium pick but traded up in the inaugural round of the Draft to secure his services. With a move like that, it’s clear that Broncos want AND expect Lynch to be their QB for many years to come. The public sentiment seems to agree with that as Lynch has already found himself representing the Broncos on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
That didn’t take long. In a league starved for great play from the most important position, it’s not surprising to see the prospects taken with premium picks instantly put on a pedestal. How will a move like this help Lynch translate to the pro game? Well, that remains to be seen. We all know the Broncos intentions with Lynch and a move like this isn’t necessarily surprising.
I can speak for all of Broncos Country when I say that I hope Lynch can live up to his draft status immediately and be the Broncos starting QB going forward. It’s hard to say how long the learning curve will be for him but now that he’s already established himself as one of the “faces of the franchise” with this magazine cover, but let’s all hope that his play on the field will translate as quickly as the 1st round attention he’s getting off of it.
It will be a fun time watching he and all of the other rookies in Training Camp as they join the Super Bowl champions and their pursuit of a repeat. Let’s just all hope for the sake of the Broncos and the pundits everywhere that Lynch can step in rather quickly and prove us right in selecting him in the 1st Round. This first SI cover may have been given, but the next one will have to be earned.