Lynch Looks To The NFL Draft

DEKALB-Jordan Lynch seemingly did it all at NIU. But did he do enough to impress the pro scouts to warrant being taken in the NFL draft next week?

Lynch set national records at NIU. His stats were off the charts. And he finished third in the Heisman Trophy race. But the pro scouts aren't interested in those things.  They're more interested in arm strength, accuracy, footwork, intelligence and character and how a player's skills translate to the next level.  That's why it's up in the air as to where or even if Lynch will be drafted.

"I can go anywhere from fifth round that I heard earliest to seventh to an undrafted free agent," said Lynch.

Lynch wants to play quarterback, but more than that he wants to play in the NFL. That's why he'd be willing to move to running back or defensive back at the next level.

"No doubt in my mind I can play other positions. I'm open to anything. Whatever gets my foot in the door," says Lynch.

At his pro day workout in DeKalb last month Lynch did go through some defensive back drills. He was a standout defensive back in high school. He played that position on Team USA. His footwork, speed and explosiveness also could make him a sought after special teams player in the NFL.

Lynch's ultimate scenario would be to get a shot to play for the team he grew up rooting for the Bear's.

"Growing up in Chicago watching some Bears games my whole life...just throwing that orange and blue on would be pretty cool."

Lynch is realistic. He knows he's not one of the top quarterbacks in the draft in the eyes of the scouts. He knows he might not even get drafted. But that won't stop the competitor in him from chasing his dream.

"It'll be a dream come true to get drafted," says Lynch. "It's the end result through. Making a team. Getting in camp and making a 53 man roster. That's what I want to do."

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