Scouting Report: James Lynch

Fullback James Lynch's potential isn't really known yet, as a rough 2002 offseason limited his opportunities. Still, TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline sees Lynch having a decent chance to make an NFL roster despite being somewhat one-dimensional.

Name: James Lynch School: Maryland Year: 3Jr

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 265 40: 4.82 Pos: FB

Bio: Two-year starter used sparingly as a ball handler. Carried only 30 times for 118 yards last year, scoring one touchdown. Sophomore totals were 16-103-2. Suffered a rough offseason, which saw the untimely passing of his mother and struggled at the beginning of the 2002 campaign.

Pos: Devastating lead blocking fullback and one of the best in this draft. Vicious, attacks his blocks and displays great strength at the point of attack. Drives defenders off the line, opens holes for the running game and finishes the play. Gets outside around tackle and displays good blocking vision. Solid short-yardage runner who keeps his feet chugging up the field.

Neg: Not quick out of his stance, stiff and lacks adjustment. Also not fast.

Analysis: Though the market for one-dimensional blocking fullbacks is not a great one, Lynch is one of the best in that category. Marginal ball-handling skills will push him deep into the draft, and the fact he is an unknown commodity may eventually keep him out of all seven rounds. Still, if ready to play football in September, a viable candidate to make a final roster.

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