Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams and Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch are two of the most intriguing names in this year’s NFL Draft class and though Lynch was expected to be a first-round pick at one point, one analyst isn’t so sure that he’s the better of the two.
That man is Rotoworld’s Josh Norris who, speaking to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com, said that Adams’ NFL projection was clearer than that of Lynch.
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) March 25, 2016
Nobody may want to admit it, but Norris could be on to something. Adams is definitely small for his position, measuring 5-foot-11, 200 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis earlier this year, but also has dual threat abilities that could up his draft stock. He isn’t exactly Russell Wilson, but his potential is there.
Lynch, on the other hand, is a far different story. He’s quite large for a quarterback at 6-foot-7, 244 pounds and was once heralded as the most pro-ready prospect at his position, but that all changed when Memphis lost to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. In the Tigers’ 31-10 loss, Lynch completed just 16 of 37 passes for 106 yards and an interception, clearly panicking whenever under pressure.
That said, given how Vernon Adams’ skills with his feet allow him to move quicker in the pocket and get creative in the face of a pass rush while Lynch has done nothing to prove he can do that, it’s easy to see why his draft projection would be clearer. There has proven to be a place for his talent in the NFL recently, while Lynch is more of a wild card.
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