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Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch featured on Sports Illustrated cover

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Our first look at Lynch in a number 12 Denver Broncos uniform. Love it!


Sports Illustrated released three covers featuring the three quarterbacks taken during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Those three being Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Philidelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and the best quarterback of the bunch, Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch.

The SI article gives us some details about what Lynch was doing during the first round of the draft.

About 100 of Lynch's family and friends gathered at a local bowling alley in Orange City Florida to have a draft party. Lynch and his agent Leigh Steinberg decided against heading to Chicago and sitting in the green room knowing there was a chance Lynch might not be taken in the first round. That long wait and disappointment with the cameras pointed at you is not something either really wanted to go through. Linebacker Myles Jack went through that on Thursday night and it was disappointing to watch and probably embarrassing for the prospect.

So Lynch spent the time during the draft bowling with his friends and family but was summoned into the room when the New York Jets were on the clock. Steinberg knew there was a chance the Jets would select Lynch and he wanted Lynch ready for his potential camera shot with his family.

Here's a snippet from the SI article where they detail the time from when the Jets were on the clock to when the Broncos traded up and selected Lynch.

Shortly before the Jets went on the clock with the 20th pick, Steinberg summoned his client from the lanes, preparing him for his close-up, just in case. When the Jets spent the pick on Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee, Lynch wasn’t discouraged. He’d been told that the Cowboys, who had taken Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick, were trying to claw their way back into the first round to scoop him up; Jerry Jones was anxious to start grooming a high-end replacement for the brittle 36-year-old Tony Romo. Dallas found a willing trade partner in the Seahawks, sitting at 26. But the figurative envelope they offered to Seattle—second- and fourth-round picks—was light. Dallas was outbid by the Broncos, who were feeling a certain urgency themselves, having recently watched their supposed quarterback of the future, Brock Osweiler, bolt to the Texans.

Lynch had left the building by the time the Broncos called: He and some Tigers teammates were throwing a football around in the parking lot. Steinberg had to run outside and shout, "You just got drafted by the Denver Broncos!"

The article goes on to say that Lynch was the Broncos second rated quarterback on their board. He was behind Carson Wentz who went at the second overall pick the Philadelphia Eagles, and slightly ahead of the first overall pick, Jared Goff.

Lynch-mania is about to take over Denver and Broncos Country.