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Paxton Lynch – University of Memphis (Jr. 6’7” 245)
If you happen to be a fan of the SMU Mustangs, you’re not only a die-hard college football fan with very thick skin, but you’re also likely familiar with Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. The 6’7” pocket passer lit up an overmatched Mustangs secondary with seven touchdown passes in a single half over the Thanksgiving weekend.
No, SMU was not able to enter the offseason with any momentum following just their second win of the season over Tulane on November 21.
Lynch was the primary reason why.
Lynch led the Tigers to an 8-0 record to begin this season, a mark that had Memphis in the middle of discussions regarding the College Football Playoff throughout October.
A loss to Navy to begin November may have dashed Memphis’ hopes of shocking the world, but the Tigers may still have the first quarterback selected in the coming draft.
Lynch has superior height to play quarterback in the NFL, an advantage that 6’2” Romo has never had. Lynch has totaled 3,670 yards passing in 12 games thus far in ’15. His 28 touchdown passes to just three interceptions is something to behold. All told, Lynch sports a quarterback rating of 166.2.
For a player who weighs 245 pounds, Lynch can actually run the ball a bit and doesn’t seem to have problems buying time in the pocket – remember that Lynch weighs about the same as most linebackers who might blitz. In other words, this is not one of the easier quarterbacks to bring down in the backfield.
If the Cowboys have serious interest in a franchise passer for the future, then they could do a whole lot worse than Lynch in the first round – for an arm like this one and the vision that goes with it, I feel pretty sure that the former Rivals.com three-star recruit is an early first-day selection – unless he decides to stay in school another year.
Draft Position: Top-15 pick
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