The 2016 NFL Combine is set to begin this week. In the meantime, there are only 66 days until the 2016 NFL Draft is set to take place on April 28. We're going to kill some time with our regular Mock Draft Monday series from now until then.
For the past few weeks, SB Nation's Dan Kadar has had the Philadelphia Eagles taking a quarterback in the first round. This week is no different, and it's the same player once again: Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
"The same theory that applies to the 49ers applies to the Eagles – well, at least assuming Sam Bradford isn't back in Philadelphia. Lynch is the final quarterback in the obvious top tier of signal callers. He's a good athlete with size and excels in the short-to-medium range."
Lynch is the third quarterback to go off the board in this mock. Kadar has Cal's Jared Goff going No. 2 overall to the Cleveland Browns while North Dakota passer Carson Wentz ends up with Chip Kelly's 49ers at No. 7.
The Eagles definitely need to draft a quarterback at some point this year, but there's no guarantee the right player will be available for them at No. 13. Taking one in the first round also might be forcing a pick depending on how the board shakes out. In other words, the Eagles might need to reach in order to get their guy. The team can't just wait until the second round because the don't have a pick there (thanks, Chip).
The Memphis Tigers have been experiencing an outstanding season so far, and that comes in big part to outstanding quarterback play by their junior signal caller, Paxton Lynch. After watching a few of Lynch's games, it was quite apparent to me that the 6-7, 245 pound quarterback is a future NFL starter and he could be quite a good one at that.
Obviously the first thing that stands out about Lynch is his size. 6-7 is the size of offensive tackles and power forwards, not your usual quarterback. Lynch also has a thick build that should theoretically keep him out of injuries way in the pocket. Despite his immense size, Lynch is no statue. He is not a burner at quarterback by any means, but he has the athletic ability to make plays outside the pocket and pick up yards in critical situations with his feet. Obviously, the most important part of Lynch is his ability as a passer.
Another aspect to this is that Lynch might not be able to start right away. That could explain why the Eagles are interested in a potential placeholder quarterback such as Chase Daniel.
The Eagles will get to see Lynch, among other quarterbacks, up close at the NFL Combine this week. All quarterbacks will be participating in throwing drills. The Eagles are allowed 60 interviews at the NFL Combine and you can bet some of those will be used on quarterbacks.
So what do you think of this pick?