By: Steve Johnson
James Lynch, IDL, Baylor
6’3 5/8″ 289 lbs
31 7/8″ arms. 9 7/8″ hands. 76 7/8″ wingspan
5.01 40 29″ Vert. 111″ Broad Jump. 23 Bench Reps.
7.39 3 Cone Drill 4.39 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 7 games. 19 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 sacks
2018: 12 games. 40 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 pass break ups
2019: 14 games. 41 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 13.5 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR, 5 pass break ups
Accolades: 2018 Second-team All-Big 12, 2019 First-team All-Big 12, 2019 Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year, 2019 First-team All-American
History: Three-star recruit from Round Rock, TX. Originally committed to TCU, then USC, before de-committing and going to Baylor. Was a three-time All-District DL, also played Punter.
Strengths: Thick frame, built well. Strong upper body strength, packs a heavy first punch. Consistent motor, lunch pail kid. Good first step, gets up the field with a sense of urgency. Challenges blockers early and often. Good leverage on the bull rush, gets underneath off balance linemen. Combines quick feet and power combo to win. Quick coming around on stunts.
Weaknesses: Limited athletically to play on the edge. Has some issues stacking and shedding. Can get tossed around in the run game when he doesn’t get immediate leverage. Over-pursues too often. Somewhat heavy feet that prevent change of direction.
Overview: Lynch is an undersized 3-technique that can bring depth to a defense that likes to spell linemen and attack. He could potentially play as a 5T in odd front, but he needs to get stronger, and unfortunately lacks great length. Lynch is a rotational player with some starter potential, he is still somewhat raw.
Evaluation based on games. WVU 18′, KSU 19′, OU 19′
Draft Projection: Early-Mid Day 3
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.37
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