Broncos Trade Up to Take QB Paxton Lynch in the First Round of the NFL Draft

The Denver Broncos pursuit for a quarterback is likely over. The organization traded with the Seattle Seahawks to obtain the 26th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Lynch, who played his college ball for the Memphis Tigers, was considered to be the third best quarterback in this draft. Reports were released stating that Lynch was dropping off teams’ boards and that his name was not likely to be called on Thursday.

Well John Elway decided to not pass on the Memphis quarterback. He decided to trade up and select Lynch, basically ending any possible Colin Kaepernick or Sam Bradford trades to Denver.

Lynch is considered to be a high risk, high reward player. He has all the tools to be successful in this league. He has a great arm and he has amazing athletic ability. He can move extremely well for his    6′ 7″ frame.

His experience in a pro style offense however is close to none. He never operated under center at Memphis. He will need to learn how to operate there if he is to play in Gary Kubiak’s offense.

Scouts also believe Lynch is a year or two away from being able to be a starter in this league, and Mark Sanchez is not the most ideal quarterback to learn from, either.

The decision to move up to select Lynch is also a questionable decision by the Broncos. There weren’t any teams that had been reported to be interested in a quarterback left, so Denver most likely still could have selected the quarterback with the 31st pick.

The Broncos also needed to fill needs at certain positions on there defense. Alabama’s Reggie Ragland, UCLA’s Myles Jack, and Ole Miss’ defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche were all still available at the 26th pick. John Elway though decided to go offensive and select a quarterback.

The reality is this pick is somewhat of a head scratcher by the Denver Broncos. The move to trade up and pick a player in the first round who will likely not start over Mark Sanchez just doesn’t make much sense.


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