According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Denver Broncos had an area scout present at Paxton Lynch's Pro Day today. Also, he reports that the quarterback-needy Broncos will have Lynch in for a pre-draft visit sometime before the NFL Draft.
In some windy and not so ideal conditions, Paxton Lynch had himself an impressive Pro Day according to onlookers. He had a total of 71 scripted throws with some high difficulty attempts as well. Add the 20+mph winds to make things even more difficult and Lynch passed with flying colors.
He showed improved footwork, showed off his arm strength, and accuracy during his Pro Day. This showing solidified Lynch as the number three quarterback in this year's draft, but two GM's say Lynch has the highest upside of any quarterback in this year's draft.
"He may come in and it may take him some time to get on the field, but in terms of his long-term potential and talent, he has more talent than some of the other guys in the class," Brooks said. "Because of that, he could pass them. But it may not be in year one or two, it may be in year three or four when he finally realizes that potential."
The Broncos are searching for a starting quarterback after losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans in free agency. They traded for veteran Mark Sanchez and have kicked the tires on trading for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick but currently do not have their starter on the roster. Lynch could step in and fill that role for the Broncos.
On a windy day in Memphis - Paxton lynch let it rip..big arm and improved footwork = 1st rd pic.twitter.com/saGTMIUBaV— Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock) April 6, 2016
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks compares Lynch to former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, but more athletic and with a stronger arm. He also calls the Broncos the "perfect landing spot" for Lynch.
"This guy is a more athletic version, with a stronger arm than (Brock) Osweiler. The supporting cast is in place, you have a strong running game, you have a dominant defense, and you have pass catchers on the outside."
A lot of mock drafts have the Denver Broncos selecting Lynch at the end of the first round, but if they want the services of Lynch, they may need to trade up. The Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets all have showed a varying amount of interest in the quarterback recently. So the Broncos may face some competition for Lynch if they choose to go after him.
Now Paxton Lynch will join Dak Prescott as the quarterback prospects heading to Denver and taking part in a pre-draft visit with the team. Will one of these two quarterbacks be a Denver Bronco in a few short weeks?
We shall see.