(Paxton Lynch photos courtesy of the University of Memphis)
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Paxton Lynch was the third quarterback taken in last week’s draft, with Denver trading up to choose him with the 26th overall choice. The Broncos believe they have a future starter in Lynch, but there's no hedging by the former University of Memphis star. He knows what they just gained.
A quarterback with the draft’s “biggest upside.”
His agent, Leigh Steinberg, said as much when he appeared last month on a Talk of Fame Network broadcast, and Lynch seconded that sentiment when he appeared on the latest Talk of Fame Network program.
“I definitely agree with that,” he said, “just because of the fact that I never played quarterback until my freshman year of high school. Even when I started playing quarterback, I taught myself how to play. I never had a quarterback coach in high school, and college was the very first time that I ever had a quarterback coach. So that was the first time I'd ever been coached mechanically and how to better my game.”
Lynch is only the second quarterback in Memphis history to be drafted, following Steve Mathews, who was taken by Kansas City in the seventh round in 1994. At 6-feet-7, Lynch is the same height as his Denver predecessor, Brock Osweiler, who started seven games for the Broncos last season, and the Broncos believe he'll have similar success -- though sooner than Osweiler, who didn't start until his fourth season.
So does Lynch.
“I just think with my size, athletic ability and arm talent," he said, "that whenever I get the opportunity to get into a situation to play after I have been developed … after I’ve had a chance to learn … I think that I’ve only scratched the surface of how good a player I can be -- just because I’ve only been coached specifically as a quarterback for a short amount of time.
“So I know once I get around an NFL team with coaches that have a lot of experience I will only get even better. I know coach (Justin) Fuente used to tell me all the time that I only scratched the surface of how good I can be. So that’s why I think I have the biggest upside. There’s just so much more I can do.”