Leigh Steinberg blasts Todd McShay for Paxton Lynch assessment

With the wide belief that Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft, Memphis Tigers standout Paxton Lynch appears to be the next potential first-round pick.

However, during a recent mock draft on ESPN with draft gurus Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Lynch was blasted for how “simplistic” the Memphis offense was.

If that wasn’t bad enough, McShay said Lynch is a few years away from being ready and that he will end up being “a long-term developmental project” in the mold of Houston Texans signal-caller Brock Osweiler.

“He has all the physical ability in the world; he’s just coming from an offense that is very simplistic. He’s got to learn how to get his team in and out of a huddle, and how to make line checks, and pre-snap audibles, and get them out of bad plays into good plays — he hasn’t had to do any of those things…Teams have gotten him on the board, and he has not performed very well, and so there’s concern. So he’s a long-term developmental project, a lot like a Brock Osweiler. But I think he’s less polished than Osweiler when he was coming out of Arizona State,” McShay said, via NJ.com.

After making those comments, agent Leigh Steinberg took to social media to fire back.

#NFLDraft Everyone entitled to opinion,but Todd McShay's vitriolic assessment of @PaxtonLynch's ability is absurd.Doesn't work for a team!

— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) April 21, 2016

#NFLDraft Hope public knows that Todd McShay,self-proclaimed draft guru never played,coached,scouted in college or NFL.@ESPN @PaxtonLynch

— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) April 21, 2016

Eventually, Steinberg let up in his attack and apologized for going a little too low.

#NFLDraft Everyone is entitled to their opinion,I regret responding to McShay's toxic assessment of Paxton by bringing up his background.

— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) April 22, 2016

Steinberg is right in a sense that NFL teams don’t really care how the mock draft projections go, but McShay was doing his job by giving an honest evaluation of a potential first-round pick. If that upset Steinberg so much, he probably should have just changed the channel instead of going to Twitter.

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