Photo: The Daily Helmsman, Ben Solomon

 

Paxton Lynch wasted no time in declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft. Less than 24 hours after his Memphis Tigers were defeated by the Auburn Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl, Lynch has decided to take the step to the next level.

Lynch is a 6’7 Junior from Deltona, Florida. He set the Tigers single season passing record this year throwing for 3,778 yards. He also fell just 1,350 yards short of breaking the Tigers all-time passing record of 10,215 yards set by Danny Wimprine. Wimprine played four seasons, however, to acquire that mark while Lynch only played three seasons for the Tigers. He finishes this season with 28 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. Three of those interceptions were balls batted into the air making them jump balls for anyone to grab. His completion percentage this year was 66.8% and his quarterback passing rating was 157.5.

 

CAREER STATSCMPATTYDSCMP%TD'SINT'SRATING
2015296443377866.8284157.5
2014259413303162.7229137.6
2013203349205658.2910110.4

 

ESPN college football analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have Lynch as the number one quarterback chosen in this year’s NFL Draft. They rank him ahead of Jared Goff of California, Connor Cook of Michigan State, and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State.

Lynch will without a doubt be the highest Memphis quarterback ever drafted into the NFL. The only other Memphis QB to be drafted was Steve Matthews back in 1994, who went in the 7th round to the Kansas City Chiefs. Memphis has only had three players in school history selected in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft. The last was Dontari Poe in 2012, going 11th overall to the Chiefs. The other 1st Round selections for the Memphis Tigers were DeAngelo Williams going 27th overall in 2006, and Jerome Woods going 28th overall in 1996. It is worth noting that the Chiefs drafted the only Memphis quarterback ever drafted in the NFL, and two of the only three 1st Round picks in school history.

The NFL Draft will be held April 28-30 in Chicago.

 

Brandon Reid covers NCAAF and the NFL for MyFantasySportsTalk.com, you can follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

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