The Philadelphia Eagles are set to work out yet another top quarterback prospect from the 2016 NFL Draft. After meeting with Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Kevin Hogan so far, now the Eagles will reportedly meet with Paxton Lynch.
It's also worth noting that Jeffrey Lurie will be present for the Lynch workout. Apparently he's attended each quarterback workout session so far this offseason. This is significant because Lurie doesn't usually do this. His visit to see Geno Smith work out in 2013 was his first scouting trip since he went to go see Donovan McNabb back in 1999. Lurie's presence is a reminder that the team is serious about drafting a quarterback.
Lynch is often made out to be the third best quarterback prospect in this year's class. The 22-year-old passer is very big at 6-7, 244 pounds. He finished his redshirt junior season with 296 completions on 443 attempts (66.8%) for 3,778 yards (8.5 average), 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also ran for 239 yards and two touchdowns.
This isn't the first time the Eagles have shown interest in Lynch. They also used one of their 60 formal interviews at the NFL Combine on him.
One knock on Lynch is that he's not the most NFL ready prospect. Adam Caplan reports one offensive coordinator thinks Lynch needs to sit for at least two years before taking over as a starter. Maybe Lynch makes sense for the Eagles, then, since they're not in the position to rush a rookie quarterback on the field. Any player the Eagles draft will sit behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel for at least one season.
Here's a scouting report on Lynch via BGN draft expert Ben Natan:
Lynch would be outstanding in Philadelphia. He runs a lot of similar plays at Memphis that the Eagles run and his ability to throw on the move and get the ball downfield is heavily enticing. He needs to clean up a lot of aspects of his game and I will be interested to see how well he consistently go through his reads in the pros, but all of the ability is there for a high level starting quarterback. Of all the quarterbacks in this class, Lynch should be the first one taken based on his physical and mental tools. He is not the type of quarterback I would aggressively make moves for, but definitely would love the value of getting him at the back end of the first round or at the top of the second round.