We are just over a month away from the 2016 NFL Draft, which means that we will slowly start to get a better idea of who the Dallas Cowboys are targeting with the fourth overall pick.
Any rumors of the Cowboys draft plans so far have typically turned out to be just that – rumors that carried little insight into who will be wearing the silver and blue on April 28th.
However, one name has been picking up steam recently around Cowboys Nation, and it is quarterback Paxton Lynch out of Memphis.
After the likes of Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore, led the Cowboys to a 4 win 2015 season, the immediate reaction by fans was that this team needed to walk away from the fourth overall pick with the heir to Tony Romo.
That essentially put three names into the mix. Carson Wentz and Jared Goff out of North Dakota State and California, respectively, were two popular names as the near consensus top signal callers available this year.
The last name is Paxton Lynch, who likely won’t cost Dallas that fourth overall pick. While I do not expect the team to select Wentz or Goff with this pick, the reports over the past few days have been that Will McClay and Co. are trying to get back into the first round to put themselves in a position to grab Lynch later on.
The Cowboys have glaring needs at other positions outside of the backup QB spot. If they are committed enough to spend the assets needed to get back into the first round for Lynch, trading away picks that can be used on the defensive line and secondary, I much rather see them just use their current #4 pick on Goff or Wentz.
Not only would this allow the Cowboys to hold onto their 34th pick and beyond, but they would walk away with one of two QBs in Goff or Wentz that I believe are both better prospects than Lynch.
The Cowboys have selected just one quarterback in the draft during their time with Tony Romo, and it was Stephen McGee in 2009. Something just does not sit right with me when I hear about this team seriously considering the unpolished Lynch as their next best bet to add a young QB to the roster.
While drafting any player with any pick carries it’s own risk, trusted draft sources seem to be in agreement when it comes to Goff and Wentz. Both of these quarterbacks are being conceived as franchise guys, while Lynch’s analysis has been all over the place.
If the Cowboys draft Goff of Wentz and it does not work out, it will not be due to reaching with their selection for one of them. The team and it’s fans would be surprised right along with the majority of draft analysts out there should one of these two guys not pan out as a Cowboy – especially after getting valuable learning time behind Tony Romo.
Meanwhile, drafting Lynch would mean drafting an expensive project player. When I watch Paxton on tape, I see a QB that is going to have to put in serious work in order to adjust to the speed of the NFL game.
While everyone raves about his height and composure in the pocket, I see a QB that played in a system that rarely allowed him to make professional type throws. He’s drawn comparisons to Marcus Mariota, but isn’t nearly as dangerous of a runner – which leaves him in a bit of a grey area when it comes to projecting these modern spread quarterbacks at the next level.
If the Dallas Cowboys want to leave the first round of the draft with a QB, it should cost them one pick. That one pick can be spent on the upside of Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, or they can spend multiple picks on the project that is Paxton Lynch.