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Report: If you want QB Lynch must be in top 10

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2016 – 3:15 pm

It’s only one NFL personnel man’s opinion, but the hunt for the consensus third-best quarterback in the draft, Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, will apparently require interested teams to get themselves up into the top 10.

That according to CBS Sports NFL draft analyst Benjamin Allbright, who quoted an NFL source that he was in touch with about where Lynch will come off the board.


Among the teams listed as quarterback needy are the 49ers, Jets and Broncos.

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Mayock weighs in on Jets at 20

Posted by Chris Brown on April 28, 2016 – 9:22 am

The Bills have division rival Miami up ahead of them on the board at 13, but the bigger concern is the Jets, who sit right behind them at 20 in round one of the draft.

Most of the speculation surrounds whether or not the Jets would sit at 20, and whether or not they’d take a quarterback early knowing their contract negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick remain unresolved. They have a major bargaining chip in Muhammad Wilkerson, who was franchised, but is also at odds on a long-term agreement with the club.

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock offered his two cents on the possible options for the Jets if they stay at 20.

“It’s interesting because I think even if they sign Fitzpatrick, I don’t know how long a term they’d be talking about,” said Mayock. “He’s 34 years old. Is he the long-term answer for Maccagnan and Bowles? So I think they’ve got to be evaluating the heck out of Paxton Lynch, and I think Paxton Lynch makes a ton of sense there, especially if they had a veteran quarterback he could sit behind for one year. So I think Paxton Lynch has to be the first consideration.

“Are we going to try to be in the ballpark or in the game for that kid? That’s to me first and foremost. After that you start to look around at 20 and say, ‘Okay, is our edge linebacker need going to — are we going to get a better player at edge linebacker or an offensive lineman? (Left tackle) Ryan Clady has had a history of injury; (Nick) Mangold is 32; (Right tackle Breno) Giacomini is 31. That offensive line needs some attention.

“I think when you get to 20, you’re looking at your board, and you’re going, ‘Okay, what do I like here? Do I like Ryan Kelly? Do I like Taylor Decker? Who’s the top edge rusher? How do I feel about Shaq Lawson or Emmanuel Ogbah? Can I go in the second round and get an offensive tackle, or do I want to get a tackle in the first round and get an edge guy?’

“If so, I think there’s a big conversation here, and I think the corners, which I haven’t even mentioned, also kind of fit into that thing, and depending on how they feel about Dee Milliner and his future.”

For what it’s worth I have the Jets taking Lynch at 20th overall a pick after Buffalo in my mock draft, but it’s likely that Lynch comes off the board prior to that point. That would necessitate a trade up for the Jets, which could happen if there’s a team interested in paying big money to Wilkerson.

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QB prospect Lynch visiting with Jets today

Posted by Chris Brown on April 14, 2016 – 1:47 pm

Widespread reports have Memphis quarterback prospect Paxton Lynch visiting with the New York Jets at their Fairlawn, New Jersey facility today.

Lynch is widely rated as the third-best quarterback in the draft class with one of the highest ceilings knowing he’s far from a finished product. His value is largely based on a projection as to where he could be in three or four years time.

The Jets interest in Lynch makes sense. They are still far from a resolution with free agent starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and speculation has already begun in New York that the Jets may take a quarterback in the draft to replace Fitzpatrick if the two sides cannot broker a new agreement. Of course they did draft a quarterback last year in Bryce Petty in the fourth round and have former second round pick Geno Smith still on the roster.

New York picks 20th overall in round one, just one pick after Buffalo. The Bills demonstrated a measure of interest in Lynch as offensive coordinator Greg Roman and offensive assistant Chris Palmer attended Lynch’s pro day and had dinner with him the night before in Memphis.

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Whaley confirms team’s dinner with QB Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on April 7, 2016 – 9:22 am

Bills GM Doug Whaley made an appearance on NFL Network Thursday morning and was asked about the team’s reported dinner with Memphis QB prospect Paxton Lynch. It was first reported by’s Ian Rapoport that Buffalo had dinner with Lynch the night before his pro day Wednesday.

Whaley confirmed the report.

“Yes, we sent two coaches there, our offensive coordinator Greg Roman and our offensive assistant Chris Palmer,” said Whaley. “They did spend some time at dinner with Paxton Lynch. At this time of year we’re turning over every rock. You have to do your work. You never know what’s going to happen in the draft. Maybe even after the draft. Maybe we get information on Paxton for a possible trade in subsequent years or when free agency hits four or five years from now. So you always want to get as much information as you can on all these college guys this time of year.”

Whaley was also asked if Tyrod Taylor is the long term answer at quarterback. Here was his response.

“We want him to be and he wants to be,” said Whaley of Taylor. “Time will tell, but we’re excited about what he did last year. He went 8-6 as a starter. There’s a lot of excitement around our football. We were the number one rushing team in the league and we went 4-2 in our division so we’re excited. And I’ll tell you this about Tyrod, he’s a big time competitor and he’s going to want to raise the level of his game next year and we’re going to give him as much ammunition around him as we can so he can succeed.”

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Report: Bills met with QB Lynch

Posted by Chris Brown on March 1, 2016 – 9:15 am

The Bills met with a host of prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine this past week. Not surprisingly, one was a quarterback according to a report.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had a formal interview with the Bills along with about half the league in Indianapolis.

Lynch is widely viewed as part of the second tier of quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class behind top QBs Carson Wentz and Jared Goff.

He may come off the board at the end of round one, but his value might be more suited for round two. While he has enormous upside and all the physical tools at 6-7 and 245 pounds, Lynch played in a shotgun offense and took play calls from the sideline so he’ll need a good bit of development to adjust to the NFL game.

Lynch ran a 4.86 40 time at the combine and had a 36-inch vertical leap.

“Lynch at 6-6 245 with his arm… now what has to happen is he’s got to become a pitcher,” said ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper. “He’s got to be coached up to be a pitcher. He’s a thrower right now. That’s the only thing with Lynch is he just needs some time. He’s young. He’s won a lot of games. When he played really good teams late in the year he struggled.”

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