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Four-star 2017 TE Nick Robinson committed to Memphis.

"Memphis is a great place and a place I can call home," Robinson said. "The coaches are what really made me commit because they are pretty good coaches." The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 11 tight end for the 2017 cycle. Outlet recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt views him as somewhat undersized, but noted that he is "a plus-athlete who can certainly play the flex position and create mismatches with linebackers."
Jun 16 - 2:02 PM

Memphis junior RB Jarvis Cooper will transfer.

Last season, Cooper rushed for 389 yards on 91 carries (4.3 YPC) and five touchdowns. He was buried on the depth chart behind Doroland Dorceus, Darrell Henderson and Jamarius Henderson. In a statement, HC Mike Norvell said, "Jarvis is a fine young man who has represented the University of Memphis well." It's something of an awkward decision for the 6-foot-1, 245-pounder given that he got a giant Memphis tattoo on his back after joining the university.
May 17 - 8:20 PM

Memphis redshirt sophomore QB Riley Ferguson lit it up in the Tigers' spring game, going 15-for-20 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.

Ferguson is the heavy, heavy favorite to beat out Brady Davis and Clay Holgorsen for the right to replace Paxton Lynch. Ferguson started at Tennessee but transferred to Coffeyville Community College after losing out to Josh Dobbs for the starting job. Former Arizona State offensive coordinator and new Memphis HC Mike Norvell's fast-paced spread guarantees huge numbers for whoever emerges as Lynch's heir.
May 10 - 3:48 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco was a huge fan of the Broncos' decision to trade up to draft Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

"[Lynch] is a project of sorts, but he is a big, physical player and we know John Elway likes big quarterbacks. I like the aggressiveness of the move," Prisco wrote. At the same time, he understands the pressure attached to the big play. "Any time you take a passer in the first round it becomes the move to question. When you trade up to do it, even more so," the analyst cautioned. Overall, Prisco handed the defending champs a B- for their haul in Chicago.
Source: CBS Sports
May 7 - 8:01 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that QB's Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz "aren't close to impact rookies."

We already knew that both players in question were viewed as developmental prospects rather than Week 1 starters, but we will focus on Lynch here. While Kiper does not forecast much 2016 production from the Memphis gunslinger, Broncos GM John Elway indicated late in the week that he believes Lynch is closer to NFL productivity than the general consensus. Mark Sanchez still figures to start early in the season, but if we are to take Elway at his word, it is possible we see Lynch play a role for the defending Super Bowl champions before the 2016 season has been completed.
May 7 - 3:20 PM

Broncos GM John Elway believes QB Paxton Lynch will surprise many with his readiness to play in the NFL.

This certainly sounds like Lynch could be the Broncos week one starter, especially if he performs at a high level during the preseason. The Broncos have certainly shown they will go with the quarterback who gives them the best chance to win, and Lynch could end up as that option. We don't think he is ready thanks to the catch and release offense at Memphis, meaning he did not have to work inside of a confined pocket as often as successful NFL quarterbacks do.
May 6 - 10:16 AM

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that an analytics firm found that adding two teams would increase the league’s odds of reaching the four-team College Football Playoff by 4-5 percent.

Bowlsby and the Big 12 hired Navigate Research, a Chicago-based analytics firm, to conduct the study, which included running 40,000 simulations. "This was the best outcome," Bowlsby said. At this point, it's a matter of time before the Big 12 adds a pair of schools to get back up to 12 teams. Who will those schools be? The American Athletic Conference's Memphis, Cincinnati, UCF and Houston have all been discussed, as has the independent BYU. Memphis and Cincinnati in particular are known to be lobbying hard for Big 12 membership. University of Memphis president M. David Rudd has sent pro-Memphis material to Big 12 higher-ups, namely Texas administrators. The Longhorns have reportedly held up expansion for financial reasons and influenced Texas Tech and TCU to do the same. Texas AD Mike Perrin publicly states that he's keeping an open mind.
May 4 - 1:39 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva graded the Broncos' draft class a B.

"I understand that [Rd. 1 QB Paxton] Lynch isn't ready to play today, but I'm taking a glass-half-full view under Elway and Gary Kubiak's guidance," Silva wrote. The analyst also applauded Denver's middle-round selections, lauding Boston College S Justin Simmons for his "playmaking ability and plus athleticism", Utah RB Devontae Booker for his "steadiness, versatility, and ability to make himself skinny through small cracks", Missouri OG Connor McGovern for his "drive-blocking upside and zone-scheme fit. Silva thinks Rd. 2 Georgia Tech DE Adam Gotsis will help replace Malik Jackson.
Source: Rotoworld
May 3 - 11:45 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that the team unsuccessfully tried to trade back into Rd. 1 for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch and further admitted that he regretted not having met Seattle's asking price.

In MMQB's look into Dallas' War Room, we learned that Dallas was prepared to move from No. 4 to No. 6 if Baltimore gave them a third-rounder. The Ravens would only offer a fourth, so that deal was scuttled and Dallas took Ezekiel Elliott. Jones' next goal was to find a way to get Lynch, who Dallas ranked No. 12 overall. Dallas offered Nos. (Rd. 2) 34 and (Rd. 3) 67 to teams in the late-teens and early-20s before amending the offer to a second and fourth in the mid-20s. In the end, the Broncos beat the Cowboys to the No. 26 pick and Lynch by offering Seattle 31 and 94, whereas Dallas' best offer was 34 and 101. "If I had to do it all over again?" Jones said. "I’d give the three." Dallas took Jaylon Smith at 34. The story also includes the tidbit that the Cowboys slightly preferred Connor Cook to Dak Prescott and tried to trade up one spot to get him, ultimately losing out to Oakland's offer to Cleveland.
Source: MMQB
May 3 - 8:36 PM

Bucs signed Memphis OT Taylor Fallin.

Fallin (6'7/340) made 33 starts on the blind side of Paxton Lynch, earning first-team All-Conference USA as a senior. Fallin has a massive frame, long arms (34 5/8"), and big hands (10 1/8"), but guard-level feet and athleticism and plays with poor technique as a heavy-legged waist bender. Fallin's ceiling is probably a swing guard-right tackle. He may not even have what it takes to win a stable backup job.
May 2 - 1:25 PM

NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cowboys tried to trade back into the first round to draft Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

The Cowboys were unable to complete the trade, however. The Broncos ultimately swapped picks with the Seahawks to draft Lynch. While Dallas might not have consummated the deal for the Memphis gunslinger, they are clearly in the market for a quarterback and could target an arm like Penn State's Christian Hackenberg or Michigan State's Connor Cook on Day 2.
Apr 29 - 11:13 AM

Broncos selected Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with the No. 26 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Lynch (6'7/244) started three years at Memphis, finishing his career with a 63.0 completion percentage, 7.36 YPA, 59:23 TD:INT ratio and 17 rushing scores. Lynch has huge hands (10 1/4") and high-level quarterback athleticism, running 4.86 with a 36-inch vertical. Big, mobile and over a year younger than Carson Wentz, Lynch's drawbacks consist of up-and-down ball placement resulting from technical flaws as a pocket passer and frustrating game-to-game consistency. Lynch has drawn some comparisons to Blake Bortles, and would benefit from a year on the bench, though he'll undoubtedly make rookie starts behind Mark Sanchez.
Apr 28 - 11:13 PM

The New York Daily News' Gary Myers is "hearing" there is "no way" the Jets will draft Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

If you're throwing your hands up in the air regarding Lynch's draft status, you aren't alone. He's been called the most crucial Rd. 1 prospect because nobody can peg exactly where he's going to go. We've seen him linked anywhere from No. 7 (San Francisco) to No. 31 (Denver). The mystery will be solved this evening.
Apr 28 - 4:04 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes it will be difficult to "find a spot" for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round.

From top 10 talk to potentially out of the first round, all in one week. Schefter inserts the caveat of the Cowboys trading back into the first round, and we think the Panthers would be an ideal partner at No. 30. We have always ranked Lynch well out of the top 31 prospects in this draft, but teams have traded up for multiple quarterbacks in this class, and most view Lynch as the third best.
Apr 28 - 9:53 AM

CBS Sports' Benjamin Albright reports that an NFL source told him Wednesday that a team would "likely" have to hop over the 49ers at No. 7 to get Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

Albright received the following text from the source on Wednesday evening: "We think you'd need to get ahead of #7 to get Paxton Lynch, most likely." Lynch has been called the first round's most pivotal prospect because his range of outcomes is so darn wide. He could go anywhere from the top-10 to somewhere in the 20s. Whether this source has inside information or is making a guess is unknowable, but it wouldn't be surprising if Lynch goes earlier than expected. After the No. 2 pick, he'll be the best quarterback on the board.
Apr 27 - 7:37 PM


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