Just a few years ago you’d be hard pressed to generate a great deal of excitement regarding this AAC duel. However things have changed, my 2014 All-Emerging Team, Second Team QB, Paxton Lych was a player who was on my pre-season All Under-Appreciated Team watch list. Things have really changed for him as the draft community is beginning to view him as a future 1st round draft pick.
Paxton Lynch is an intoxicating blend of size, athletic ability, intellect and pure plus arm strength. At 6’6 1/4″ 241 he’s as big as many tight ends, but he navigates the pocket very well, he can make plays with his feet and can deliver the ball from many platforms with firmness and accuracy. While he’s not quite at the: Elway, Favre, Stafford elite level in velocity, he’s in that next echelon.
Many critics point to the binary nature of the no-huddle offense he commands, that’s factual, but he does make checks at the lines. He can at times, leave a few plays on the field. Still he shows that he rarely makes the same mistake twice. He’s shown solid leadership and he has demonstrated courage when playing against tougher competition. I would estimate that he should run a low-mid 4.7 40 at the combine, he also flashes touch and anticipation as a passer.
Lynch is no one-man-band, Alan Cross walked-on as long-snapper and has made himself into a leader. He’s not just an emotional touchstone, he’s 6’0 1/2″ 244 and is very similar to a smaller Dante Rosario, he can play in the slot, lead block as a fullback. He might not be drafted but he’ll be hard to cut.Taylor Fallin is the Tigers best offensive lineman, he is thickly-built, he has good, but not great feet. I think he projects to the right side at the next level, he’s a “poor man’s” Ereck Flowers.
Tulsa’s Dane Evans is like a stronger armed version of Tyler Palko, he’s gritty and can do most of what you’d look to see in a future NFL back up. The real excitement is his top two targets: senior, Keyarris Garrett and junior, Keevan Lucas are very intriguing. Garrett is a “poor man’s” Martavis Bryant and Keevan Lucas is a Markus Wheaton type, I strongly fee that both will suited up on Sundays.
On defense for Memphis: Genard Avery is their best linebacker and is just a sophomore, he’s a powerful specimen. Their most intriguing pass-rusher is red-shirt sophomore Christian Johnson and the defensive back position JC transfer Arthur Maulet is likely to be draft-worthy by the 2017 draft.
For Tulsa Michael Mudoh is a Tyler Sash type of thickly built strong safety type. He will need to be a special teams contributor and I see him making an NFL roster.