Two NFL GMs have said to NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks that Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch has the highest ceiling out of all the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft class, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.
“He may come in and it may take him some time to get on the field, but in terms of his long-term potential and talent, he has more talent than some of the other guys in the class,” Brooks said. “Because of that, he could pass them. But it may not be in year one or two, it may be in year three or four when he finally realizes that potential.”
That’s certainly feasible, as Lynch went from being a surefire first-round pick at the end of the regular season to falling off that pedestal after a subpar performance against Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl. After impressing enough at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, he has worked his way back into the first-round conversation but is far from guaranteed to be selected then later this month.
But the fact remains that Lynch has a strong throwing arm and great leadership skills. Once he learns that he can’t be a big guy (6-foot-7) who can run well and settles into being a more traditional pocket passer, there’s every chance that he can be a fine NFL starter in a few years.
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