James Lynch 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Pros, Cons, and Projected Teams

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James Lynch 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

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James Lynch is projected to be a mid-round defensive tackle selection. Coming out of high school, Lynch was a three-star recruit and was the 47th ranked defensive tackle in the class fo 2017. Lynch is 6' 4" and weighs 289 pounds. 

College Career: Lynch played his college football under Matt Rhule with the Baylor Bears. As a freshman with the Bears, he played 11 games in a backup role and had 20 tackles and three losses. As a sophomore, he started all 13 games and was named to the All-Big 12’s second team. As a junior, he really broke out finishing the season with 13.5 sacks and was named the Big 12 defensive player of the year. 

Pros: Lynch has a great body for a defensive tackle and his upper body strength is something that could be an issue for opposing offensive lines in the NFL. He is also quick off the ball and does a good job of getting into the backfield quickly. 

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He plays with a high motor and he did a good job of getting to the quarterback and finishing the sack. 

Cons: Lynch is strong, but he doesn’t really have anything else if the strength isn’t enough. His hand placement is also not great, and something that will need to be improved at the next level. There are also times that Lynch gets set up by offensive lineman and he needs to play smarter at the next level. Sometimes he gets too far upfield and doesn’t stay in his lane which allows running backs to get by him or quarterbacks out of the pocket. These are cons that can be worked on, and at least these aren’t physical limitations. 

Projected Teams: The Carolina Panthers need defensive line help and Rhule knows exactly what Lynch is all about. If they can get him in the 4th round, that would be a great addition to their team. 

The Cincinnati Bengals are also a team that needs depth on the defensive line, and taking a flyer on Lynch would make a whole lot of sense.

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