In this episode of A Scouts Perspective I am breaking down Jared Goff, Cal, Carson Wentz, North Dakota State, Paxton Lynch, Memphis, Connor Cook, Michigan State and Kevin Hogan, Stanford.
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Top Prospect Overview
Paxton Lynch was lost a bit in the recruiting process after sitting out half of his senior season due to a knee injury suffered in the preseason, allowing Memphis head coach Justin Fuente to nab the Florida product from the under the noses of in-state schools. He red shirted his first year on campus, but then stepped in to become a three-year starter for Fuente. Lynch went through some ups and downs in his first year as a starter, throwing nine touchdowns against 10 interceptions and completing just 58 percent of his passes for about 2,000 yards in 2013. He improved greatly as a sophomore, leading his team to a 10-win season and American Athletic Conference championship. He received second team All-AAC honors that season by completing 63 percent of his passes for 3,031 yards and 22 scores. Lynch exploded onto the national scene during his junior year, garnering a Manning Award finalist nod, first team All-ACC honors, and team MVP after leading the Tigers to an 8-0 start before the team struggled down the stretch losing to Navy, Houston, and Temple. During the teams hot streak, Lynch beat SEC foe Ole Miss with a 39-for-53, 386-yard, three-touchdown performance. But the next time he faced a SEC defense, Auburn took him to task in the Birmingham Bowl, forcing him to complete just 16 of 37 pass attempts for a measly 106 yards and an interception. Despite finishing the season on a down note, the departure of Fuente for Virginia Tech and positive accolades received from the NFL scouting community led Lynch to take his talents to the next level. (Official NFL Combine Bio)
- Super quick delivery, excellent arm to make all the throws. Inconsistent footwork which leads to inaccurate passes. One read type offense, does not make checks at the line which concern that he doesn’t know how to read a defense presnap. Does not progress through reads nor does he look off receivers to work back to them. He stares down his receivers consistently. He can still make the throws when he doesn’t have a clean pocket, he doesn’t throw it up into a crowd for potential INTs. Excellent athlete who can make plays with his legs. Needs to keep both hands on the ball in the pocket and let its hang dangerously outside. He is comfortable throwing the ball all over the field, he can make all the throws. He is not a check down short throwing QB, he will toss it downfield with ease. Needs to work on taking some zip off passes, know when to fire it and when to ease it to his man. Has some experience taking snaps under center.
- Comfortable throwing accurately without clean footwork. Showed an ability to progress through secondary reads vs BGSU. Hits receivers at all levels of the defense, underneath, middle and deep. Wants the ball in crunch time. Looks to buy time with his feet and mostly to then beat the defense with his arm. Comfortable putting the ball on target without perfect technique. Needs to protect the ball more when in the pocket, keeps it away from his body loosely. Two 4th quarter turnovers in his own end of the field leading by 2 scores vs Houston, one on fumble not his fault and never saw LB coming across in zone for INT.
- Paxton Lynch is the most talented QB prospect in the draft, his arm, athleticism combination cannot be matched. He has a long way to go in his development before he can step onto the field in the NFL. He will need to learn how to read a defense, throw with anticipation, progress on reads and work under center. The adjustment period would 2 years before he would be ready to compete for a starting job in the NFL. The tools are there to be a top level QB and the question will be if he can put in the work to develop the rest of his game or will he become another Jake Locker. Ideally Paxton Lynch needs to go to a team that doesn’t need him to play for several seasons and can be patient with him.
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