Scouting Report: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Paxton Lynch has launched himself into the national spotlight this season with big games on national television. Many call him the top quarterback in the draft now that they have started to watch tape on him. Even more believe that he has the talent to be the number one pick.

Stats: 3670 yds, 28 Tds, 3 INTs, 69 Comp %, 82 carries, 240 yds, 2 TDs

Strengths: Lynch has a rocket arm that can make any throw on the field. This allows him to make throws into tight windows while also bombing it deep. Lynch also shows the running ability to be a very solid threat on the ground but also shows the patience and pocket presence to extend plays in the pocket. Lynch displays elite size with his 6' 7" 245 LB frame that allows him to easily read the field over his linemen. This also gives him a higher release point which should help keep his passes from being tipped at the line. Perhaps Lynch's best quality i his ability to keep his eyes down the field while on the run. Many times while on the run Lynch makes a big play by finding the open receiver down the field. Lynch also has a knack for the big play with his bombs down field.

Weaknesses: Being from a small school has limited his opportunities to play against elite talent which may make his transition to the faster game of the NFL harder. Lynch also runs a spread offense which may make his transition into a pro offensive system even harder. perhaps his biggest weakness is his tendency to hold onto the ball too long. We saw this with Johnny Manziel in college where he waits to long and then the play breaks down. In Ly nch's film he tends to hold onto the ball too long and is forced to scramble in the pocket to keep the play alive or take a sack.

Overall: Lynch is an exciting quarterback prospect that will have many offensive coordinator's drooling. His arm talent is immense and his mobility just adds to the skills that he brings to the game. Lynch seems to show good reads while in the pocket and keeps his eyes down the field when scrambling which will help in the NFL when a play breaks down. Coming out of college he reminds me a lot of Brock Osweiller because of his size and arm talent to go with solid mobility. Lynch would fit best in a vertical passing game that also includes bootlegs and plays that move the pocket, while having a strong run game to compliment him with. I can see Lynch fitting with the Jets, Texans, or Eagles.

Pro Comparison: Brock Osweiller

Draft Prediction: 1st or 2nd Round