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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DL James Lynch

Big Board ranking: #92

Positional ranking: #8



Position: DL

College: Baylor

Class: Junior

Age: 21



Height: 6’3 5/8”

Weight: 289 lbs.

Arm length: 31 7/8”

Hand size: 9 7/8”


Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 5.01 sec.

Vertical jump: 29.0”

Broad jump: 111.0”

Bench press: 23 reps

3-cone drill: 7.39 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.39 sec.



Strong and athletic frame. Natural movement skills. Light feet. Stout at the point of attack. Great burst at the snap and stays low as a penetrator. Rarely moved off the ball. Can take on multiple blockers on the interior. Quality power to get push as a rusher. Very good bend for an interior defensive lineman. Plus acceleration. Active hands. Uses a rip move on the edge. Able to win with an effective spin move. Compact and powerful tackler. Excellent pursuit. High motor and plays hard. Often faced double teams. Used as 3-technique and 5-technique at Baylor. Played very well in big games. Tremendous production in final season (13.5 sacks).



Below average length. Fooled too easily on zone read plays. A little slow in general reacting to the run. Average overall athleticism based on testing numbers.


NFL comparison

Matt Ioannidis



Overall, Lynch projects best as a 3-4 defensive end that can generate pressure against the pass and do a quality job of anchoring down against the run. I think he is a good value in the third round and could go even higher in the right system (such as Carolina with head coach Matt Rhule and defensive coordinator Phil Snow).


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