The Denver Broncos got a Tiger by the tail, following their trade-up and subsequent selection of Memphis Tigers gunslinger Paxton Lynch. They took him with the No. 26 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
After a whirlwind Draft night, Lynch flew into the Mile High City Friday for his introductory press conference. From the airport, the cameras of the Broncos' digital media department followed the rookie signal-caller throughout the building.
Lynch met up with Denver's equipment manager. First thing's first. Jersey number? Lynch stuck with the No. 12 — which has thus far served him very well.
The former Tiger has the opportunity to carve out a No. 12 legend in Denver all his own. But he has a long road ahead of him, fraught with hard work and competition.
Lynch has to get used to playing under center in Gary Kubiak's West Coast Offense. Five-step dropbacks — seven-step dropbacks — the footwork and technique he'll have to master, after playing in the shotgun and the spread offense his entire collegiate career.
Lynch says he's already heard from fellow quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, as well as guys like Demaryius Thomas, C.J. Anderson and Emmanuel Sanders. It's nice to see the already established QBs reaching out and showing leadership and camaraderie.
The rookie is champing at the bit to get started. And he'll get the opportunity, as the Broncos will kick off their three-day post-draft rookie mini-camp starting May 6.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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