Paxton Lynch ‘excited’ after Rams, Eagles deal for NFL draft’s top two picks – Daytona Beach News-Journal

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In the span of a week, after a seismic shift at the top of the draft board, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch has become one of the most pivotal players in next week’s NFL draft.

Speaking on SportsCenter on Thursday morning, the Trinity Christian product said he’s excited in the wake of trades involving the top two picks.

“These teams are jumping up to get quarterbacks, at least that’s what I think. What do I know? I’m just a player,” said Lynch, who threw 28 touchdowns in 2015. “They are probably jumping up to get their guy. Being the third quarterback right now, it helps me if that’s how teams see it too. The more teams that jump up, the better opportunity I get at going earlier.”

On April 14, the Los Angeles Rams completed a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 1 overall pick. The Rams sent Tennessee four of the top 76 picks in the 2016 draft (Nos. 15, 43, 45 and 76), in addition to first- and third-round selections in 2017 in exchange for the No. 1 pick and picks in Round 4 (No. 113) and Round 6 (No. 177).

Then on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Eagles soared to the top of the draft board — sending picks Nos. 8, 77 (Round 3) and 100 (Round 4) in 2016, a first-round choice in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018 to the Cleveland Browns. Philadelphia also acquired a 2017 fourth-round pick.

In a press conference following the deal, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman confirmed his team will select a quarterback.

Leigh Steinberg, Lynch’s agent, believes the trades are “ultimately helpful for Paxton’s opportunities.”

“Most people feel there were three quarterbacks at that level. With two of them gone, it now sets up a scenario where a number of teams needing quarterbacks will start to consider moving around in draft position to make sure they are able to do it,” Steinberg said in a phone interview. “There are a number of teams sitting in draft order that have either a primary or secondary need for a quarterback. And it’s just Paxton.

“The search for a franchise quarterback is a difficult one, and the value of that player is very high.”

Lynch interviewed with 11 NFL teams during the pre-draft process, Steinberg said — Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, San Diego, Cleveland, Kansas City, Arizona and the New York Jets. He also had a scheduled meeting with the Rams, but it was canceled once Los Angeles acquired the top pick, Steinberg added.

The 6-foot-7, 245-pounder could wind up being selected just about anywhere in the opening round. ESPN insider Adam Schefter speculated Lynch could be the “quarterback to watch” for Cleveland with the eighth pick.

“I know they brought in (Robert Griffin III), and he’s a good ballplayer,” Lynch said of the Browns. “Whatever situation I’m brought into, whether it’s the Cleveland situation or a team where I’ve got to play early, I’m just going to do whatever I’ve got to do for that team to help them and make them better.”

Paxton Lynch ‘excited’ after Rams, Eagles deal for NFL draft’s top two picks – Daytona Beach News-Journal