Paxton Lynch, the Memphis Quarterback, has managed to consistently place himself in the conversation with California QB Jared Goff and North Dakota State QB Carson Lynch. Yet, even with (or maybe because of) an excellent pro day, Lynch is not confirmed to attend the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.
While that may change, one has to wonder why there seems to be an effort to artificially diminish the ability of the 6 foot 7 inch Brock Osweiler clone? In securing Lynch as his client, famed Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg is clearly on the comeback trail. Lynch in Chicago would be the perfect stage for the revival of Steinberg’s career back to levels he enjoyed during the 80s and 90s.
I am trying to think of the last time a QB who should have been at the NFL Draft wasn’t there – instead, I think of the 2014 NFL Draft, where quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, amd Johnny Manziel, were all in New York City. In 2015, both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota elected to skip the first NFL Draft in Chicago since the 1960s. And while the rating for the 2015 NFL Draft were still good, they would have been even better had both quarterbacks attended.
From a standpoint of internet buzz and content Lynch’s pro day last week changed the picture and in such a way that he’s (as of this writing) better than Jared Goff in the latest Google Trends ranking and just below Wentz, who’s ranking dived dramatically over the last two weeks, after coming out of nowhere and into media gaze last winter ( as of now, Wentz is at 30, Lynch 20 and Goff 17 on Google Trends). This provides clear evidence that Lynch is just as effective in causing media buzz as the other two quarterbacks.
There is something clearly wrong here. The NFL Draft should be based on true merit not on made up rankings. It’s sad that we have to see this kind of problem – perhaps it will be cleared up. All of the top QB’s should be in Chicago.