NFL Draft: How Does Paxton Lynch Compare to Cam Newton?

During Memphis' Pro Day, Paxton Lynch said he compares his game to Carolina Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton. We take a look at how the two players stack up.

Memphis' quarterback Paxton Lynch had his Pro Day on Wednesday and raised some eyebrows when he compared his game to Carolina Panthers Cam Newton, according to NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks.

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Newton was the first overall pick of the Panthers in 2011 and has gone on to have a successful career that has included a league MVP and a trip to Super Bowl 50 this past season. Newton has been a nightmare for opposing defenses because of his size and speed from the quarterback position, something that is rarely seen in the NFL.

Since Lynch made the comparison the question becomes how do the two prospects' compare. The best way to do this would be to look at the stats of the two quarterbacks from the NFL Combine.

Paxton Lynch Cam Newton
Height 6'7" 6'5"
Weight 244 lbs. 248 lbs.
Arm Length 34 1/4" 33 3/4"
Hand Size 10 1/4" 9 7/8"

The two players are fairly similar with Lynch  being slightly bigger being two inches taller, with a 1/2 inch longer arm length and the bigger hand size. Newton meanwhile weighed four pounds more than Lynch at the Combine.

While the two prospects line up fairly close physically, the aspect that sets Newton apart from other big quarterbacks is his athletic ability. This is where Newton is a little better than Lynch.

Paxton Lynch Cam Newton
40-yard Dash 4.86 sec 4.59 sec
Vertical Jump 36" 35"
Broad Jump 118" 126"
3-Cone Drill 7.14 sec 6.92 sec

Newton holds the advantage in three of the four workouts the two prospects completed, however, the results for both players are still fairly comparable. Newton only beat Lynch by less than .3 in the 40-yard dash and only .22 seconds in the 3-Cone Drill. While Newton may hold the advantage, there is no question that Lynch is athletic in his own right.

It may have been a little surprising to hear Lynch compare his game to Newton, there is a lot of similarities between the two. The deciding factor will be what the former Memphis' quarterback is able to do at the next level however if he wants to be the next Cam Newton, he is certainly off to a good start.

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