Memphis' Paxton Lynch shows off powerful arm for NFL scouts

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 2:18 AM

Lynch is projected as a possible first-round choose in the upcoming NFL draft, and he completed fifty-seven of sixty-nine passes before approximately twenty-five scouts at Memphis' practice field.

Memphis' Paxton Lynch shows off powerful arm for NFL scouts

On an overcast, blustery day, Paxton Lynch did his best to indicate off both his powerful arm and leadership skills to NFL scouts Wednesday at Memphis' pro day.

Lynch is projected as a possible first-round choose in the upcoming NFL draft, and he completed fifty-seven of sixty-nine passes before approximately twenty-five scouts at Memphis' practice field. With winds hovering around twenty-five mph, the workout was moved up about an hr to avert possible thunderstorms.

Lynch said he thought he did well in the windy conditions.

"I saw it as a challenge," Lynch said. "I kind of got a chance to arrive out and indicate my arm off."

Arm strength isn't the question for the 6-foot-7 Lynch, who entered the draft after his Jr season. He completed sixty-three % of passes for 8.863 yards in his career. But he ran a spread offense for the Tigers, so questions about his footwork when dropping back to pass are a concern for NFL teams.

Lynch is considered possibly the No. three quarterback available behind Carson Wentz of ND State and Jared Goff of California.

"I think he made dramatic improvements with his footwork," former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks said on the NFL Network broadcast of the workout. "Because of that, you can obtain excited about what he brings. As the third quarterback in this draft class, you've to have that conversation in the center of the first round, how high up do we necessity to go to create sure that we can get him."

Lynch threw an array of carefully scripted passes — brief out routes, screens, crossing patterns — with excellent success. Conditions sometimes made longer routes more of a challenge.

At one point after sailing a ball past a receiver, Lynch patted himself on the chest and said, "That'south on me."

On other long throws, he showed a nice touch.

"There were a couple of times, I was just a tiny off," Lynch said. "But most of (the throws) I was really pleased with the placement of them."

His agent Leigh Steinberg described his client'south performance as "pretty spectacular."

"Our theme was shock and awe," Steinberg said. "In the midst of a heavy wind, he came out and was incredibly effective."

After about thirty-five minutes, several people, including former TN Titans coach and current San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, asked Lynch to toss specific routes.

Lynch'south receivers were mostly Memphis teammates, including Tevin Jones, Mose Frazier and Alan Cross. Lynch said it was kind to have familiar receivers around, while giving them a chance to showcase their skills for scouts.

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