Finding Broncos: Scouting Quarterback Paxton Lynch

With the quarterback uncertainty in Denver, Erick Trickel continues his series with quarterback Paxton Lynch. Just what does he think of the big QB and how he would fit in with the Broncos?

http://www.scout.com/player/154691-paxton-lynch?s=101

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 4.86 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 36.0 inches

BROAD JUMP: 118.0 inches

3-CONE DRILL: 7.14 seconds

Pros

  • NFL body and frame
  • Athletic
  • Can move and avoid pressure in the pocket
  • Looks to pass first
  • Has excellent foot quickness for someone his size
  • Effective scrambler, but not a tuck and run quarterback
  • Quick release
  • Strong arm to fit ball through tight windows
  • Great decision maker
  • Perfect for a bootleg system
  • Throws really well while on the move
  • Got better limiting turnovers over his career
  • High football IQ
  • Quick eyes to scan the field
  • Good at pre-snap reads, and getting better as he grows
  • While not a tuck & run QB, he has the ability to be a dual threat, especially in the redzone
  • Arm is strong enough to attack 20+ yards down field while on the run
  • Excellent work ethic

Cons

  • Ball placement needs work
  • Needs to anticipate better
  • Eyes are quick, but misses some obvious covers
  • Needs to get faster going through his reads
  • Tends to stare down receivers and needs to move defenders with his eyes
  • Throws some wobbly, uncatchable passes
  • Needs to give receivers more room on sideline throws
  • Muscles throws too often, and needs to learn touch and velocity.
  • Not day one ready

Overall Thoughts

Many want to jump to Colin Kaepernick for a comparison for Lynch, but there are many differences between the two. Kaepernick often looks to run first, while Lynch looks to throw first. There are some concerns with Lynch’s accuracy, but not on the level of Kaepernick.

Also the IQ of Lynch is really high, while that isn’t the case for Kaepernick, which limits Kaepernick’s ability on the field. Lynch isn’t an option-type of quarterback like Kaepernick or Cam Newton. However, he does have the ability to do that, especially in certain scenarios.

The Denver Broncos scheme really is perfect for Lynch. He has the legs to scramble for some yards. Throws on the move really well, which opens up their bootlegs from the playbook a lot more. He also has the arm to challenge defenses deep, which helps the run game and underneath throws as it opens up the field more. The coaching staff will need to put in some work with Lynch in order to get him ready, but watching his it was obvious why there is serious interest in Lynch from Denver.

Broncos Round Projection: Late first

Where He Goes: Late first-early second

Per sources, Lynch is at the top of the Broncos board for quarterbacks they actually have a shot at. They love him and feel he fits with their scheme and what they want perfectly. With Brock Osweiler bolting still sore from his benching, Peyton Manning retired and the Broncos scrambling for a quarterback, this could lead them to taking Lynch in the first round and getting someone to play a year ahead of him while they develop him.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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