Location:Broomfield (Colo.) Legacy
Weight: 185 pounds
Recruiting: Lynch was an early commit to Colorado State but opened things up shortly after former Rams coach Jim McElwain left for the Florida job. UCLA visited Lynch and saw him throw at his school just a week ago and invited the signal caller out to Westwood for an unofficial visit. The QB was offered a scholarship on his visit to campus Wednesday and committed an hour or so later, ending one of the quickest quarterback recruitments you'll ever see.
What to Like: Lynch has good size and plays in a system that is very similar to what he'll run at UCLA. He's a shotgun/spread quarterback and very comfortable running the football. In fact, right now, he's probably more comfortable running than throwing and when he gets out in the open field, he can pick up huge chunks of yards. Throwing-wise, Lynch shows nice touch on the deep ball, quick feet in his drops and ability to set and throw and his athleticism allows him to extend a play and either buy time moving outside the pocket or just take off and run for yards. He can throw from multiple platforms and from multiple arm angles as well. He has only played the position for three years but is pretty solid mechanically and when he sets himself, throws a pretty tight ball as well.
Areas to improve: Without seeing Lynch in person, it's extremely tough to evaluate him and find areas to improve based solely on a highlight tape, where all you see is good plays. As mentioned above, he's solid mechanically for being a young QB but can continue to improve in this area, mainly in repeating his motion as occasionally you'll see him drop his elbow a little, which will affect accuracy. Arm strength is another area where Lynch will need to improve. It's not that he has a weak arm, but on some of the deeper throws, the ball, at times, tends to float a little. The biggest adjustment for Lynch, as with all young quarterbacks, will be the speed of the game. It will take time for him to get things to slow down for him. Right now, he's mostly a one-read quarterback; if that first guy isn't open, he takes off and runs. At the next level, he'll need to quickly process the chaos going on around him and be patient enough to find his 2nd and 3rd option before taking off.
Overall Analysis: Lynch was an interesting pickup for UCLA as the Bruins spurned a couple of SoCal QBs to bring him in. With his size and athleticism, there is some definite upside there. With defenses becoming faster and faster every year, it helps to have a mobile QB who can make a play with his legs and keep a defense honest, especially if you want to run a zone read type offense. Reportedly, Lynch has a tremendous work ethic off the field and superior leadership skills on it. You know he'll fill out and continue to get better as he gets in to a college strength program and works with a college coaching staff. With Josh Rosen in the program, there is no rush to throw Lynch in to the fire and he'll have plenty of time to learn and develop. After we see him in June at the NIKE Camp in Oregon, we'll have a much better feel for what kind of upside he could have and how high his ceiling potentially is.