When the pre-draft process started, most draftniks thought of Paxton Lynch as a pro-level quarterback, but not necessarily a first round talent. But after the Combine and his Pro Day workouts, Lynch began to shoot up boards.
For the last couple months, Lynch has been mostly listed as at third-best quarterback in this class — behind only Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Many sources I've talked to don't see Lynch getting passed San Francisco at No. 7.
However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, teams might not be as in love with Lynch as some would have us believe.
If true, this would give the Denver Broncos the opportunity to take Lynch at No. 31 at the bottom of the first round. However, reports like this are often smoke screens — and even Schefter alludes to the idea that a team could be looking to 'ambush' or capitalize off possible misinformation.
Nevertheless, Schefter will happily and dutifully play his part in the process. Personally, I'm of the opinion that Lynch will be available in the early 20's. From there, you'll start seeing teams, including the Broncos, working to trade up to get him.
Lynch has an impressive set of tools. As a passer, he can make all the throws. He's comfortable and accurate throwing on the run. And he has the athleticism to excel in Gary Kubiak's West Coast Offense variant. There's a lot to like.
But he would still need time to develop. John Elway doesn't want to throw any rookie QB out to the wolves. That's why he traded for Mark Sanchez. With this defense, the Broncos will be competitive, no matter who's playing QB.
That'll buy them time to develop a rookie into a long-term answer at quarterback. And do it the right way.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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