Former Cal quarterback was the first pick of the draft and want to the Los Angeles Rams, and former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz went with the second pick and landed with the Philidelphia Eagles. Finally, the Denver Broncos traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to select former Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the 26th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Now with all three quarterbacks having their preseason debuts in the books, let's compare Paxton Lynch's performance to his first round quarterback counterparts.
Jared Goff, Rams
Veteran Case Keenum received the start against the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night but Jared Goff entered the game in the second quarter.
It wasn't a great start for the first overall pick.
Goff went 4 for 9 for 38 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He ended the game with a passer rating of 17.1 which is well not very good.
He was rocked by the Cowboy's defense and ended up with a shoulder injury and was held out after halftime despite the plan being him to play into the third quarter.
Carson Wentz, Eagles
Wentz, like Paxton Lynch, played the entire second half for the Philadelphia Eagles and looked rather inconsistent and was rocked by the Tampa Bay Bucs defense.
Wentz went 12 for 24 for 89 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He also added 3 rushes for 15 yards. He finished the game with a 41.8 quarterback rating. It is much better than Goff's but still pretty bad.
It was a pretty rough outing for the second overall pick, and to make matters worse he ended up with a hairline fracture to his ribs. This injury is expected to sideline him for a few weeks and will take away some valuable Training Camp and Preseason reps from him.
Paxton Lynch, Broncos
Unlike his first round counterparts, Paxton Lynch performed rather well and looked like the "most ready" of the three first round quarterbacks.
He showed command of the huddle, poised in the huddle, pocket awareness, showed off his rocket of an arm, and his above average athleticism in this game.
Lynch completed 6 of 7 passes for 74 yards for 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and added 3 rushes for 5 yards. Meanwhile, Lynch finished the game with an impressive 110.7 passer rating which is excellent for any quarterback making his first career snaps in the NFL.
Paxton Lynch looks good. I've seen some big time drive throws. Huge arm. Climbing the pocket too.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) August 12, 2016
With the other two first round quarterbacks supposedly "more ready" and more specifically Carson Wentz being "light years ahead" of Paxton Lynch, it was good to see him outperform both and look much better than them as well.
I'm excited to see how Lynch performs in the coming days and weeks and hopefully, he can continue to have this type of performance in the next three preseason games.