Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia (HT: 6'4⅝", 258 lbs)
Fifth Round: 155th Pick
NFL Comparison: Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
|6045||258||32 1/2"||10 1/8"|
|40-Yard Dash||Bench Press||Vertical||Broad Jump||3-Cone Drill||Shuttle|
- Prototypical size, giving him the potential to develop into a well-rounded tight end.
- Among the best in-line blockers in this draft class.
- Plays with great leverage and gets the absolute most out of his physical tools as a blocking tight end.
- An efficient, aggressive blocker on the move who picks out his target and rarely hesitates.
- Excels as a possession receiver on short routes.
- Depth and timing of his routes are consistent, and he seems to always be on the same page has quarterback.
- Shows great awareness and body control when working the sideline.
- Speed is modest, but he's smooth in his release off the line of scrimmage and builds up to full speed quickly, forcing linebackers in coverage to respect his ability to beat them over the top.
- Quicker than he is fast, which allows him to run crisp routes with sudden breaks.
- Makes appropriate adjustments to his routes against the zone to find the soft spot in the coverage.
- Experienced lining up on the line and in the slot.
- Has a good reputation off the field as a hard worker and respected teammate.
- Durable player who saw playing time all four years. Only missed one game due to injury (bruised ribs in 2013).
- Will be older than the average rookie—turns 24 in June.
- Athleticism is only average, which limits his upside as a receiver.
- Lacks the speed to be a consistent deep threat.
- Almost no impact after the catch, which is a product of limited athleticism but also a weak effort at times.
- Will have some bad drops due to a lack of focus.
- Still learning how to properly catch the ball—has an odd mix of balls that bounce of his hands and balls that he allows to come into his chest when he should secure them away from his body first.
- Somewhat indecisive when deciding when to be assertive going for the ball and when to let it come to him to keep his stride.
- Despite his size, he's not a serious weapon competing for jump balls.
- Lacks the explosive leaping ability to consistently win in the battle for contested balls.
- Two-year starter who saw playing time and made a few spot starts during his first two years.
- Played as a true freshman but then took a redshirt the following season.
- No. 2 tight end prospect on Rivals.com in 2008.
- Senior class president in high school.
Lynch's upside may be slightly limited by his modest athleticism, but he will be a very safe pick on the third day of the draft. At worst, Lynch should develop into a quality, well-rounded second option at tight end who can contribute as a blocker and a possession receiver. He'll impress teams during the interview process and will be the type of teammate that does whatever is asked of him. Given his well-rounded skill set and his intangibles, he's the ideal mid- to late-round pick who can immediately succeed as a role player in an offense.
Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round