TE ARTHUR LYNCH, GEORGIA

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6’5” – 254 lbs. – 4.80e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 2 – 17 – 0 (8.5)
2010: Redshirt
2011: N/A
2012: 24 – 431 – 3 (18.0)
2013: 30 – 459 – 5 (15.3)

OVERVIEW:

Started one of eleven games played in 2009, then redshirted in 2010. Started one of fourteen games in 2011, then thirteen of fourteen in 2012 once Orson Charles left for the NFL. Made the All-SEC First Team in 2013 after starting eleven of twelve games played.

POSITIVES:

•    Has two years of starting experience at an SEC program, all-conference honors in ’13.
•    Possesses a prototypical combination of size and bulk, looks the part of an inline guy.
•    Competitive blocker, motor helps mask his average overall strength, stays with man.
•    Capable of sealing defenders inside in the run game by attacking their outside shoulder.
•    Contributes as a receiver but was also frequently retained as an extra pass protector.
•    Athletic enough to line up as an inline option and attack defenses on seams/ posts.
•    Was able to get some work done on intermediate routes versus zones, nice per-catch.
•    Can adjust to poor throws, able to reach back for the ball or go up and get high passes.
•    Has received a few academic distinctions at Georgia, intelligence seems to be a plus.

NEGATIVES:

•    Could improve consistency of balance as a blocker, gets overextended/bends at times.
•    Isn’t a powerful blocker, at his best when he can attack the outside shoulder of an end.
•    As a blocker, can be beat to the edge by quicker defenders, forcing him into pursuit.
•    More successful at finding soft spots in zone coverages than capable of separating.
•    Actually wasn’t heavily-utilized as a safety valve, didn’t run many shorter patterns.
•    Does an adequate job in most respects but doesn’t do anything exceptionally well.

SUMMARY:

Lynch took the vast majority of his snaps as an inline “Y” option, a trend which should continue at the next level. He possesses prototypical height and weight for a “Y”, with adequate speed which allowed him to exploit soft spots in zone coverages, usually on intermediate routes. Surprisingly, he wasn’t asked to run many short routes. Despite his solid catch radius and decent movement skills, Lynch’s primary function was as a blocker, not only on running downs but also in pass protection. While he has the tools to develop there, he relies much more on effort, with relatively inconsistent play when asked to perform those duties. Probably more of a second tight end than a starter. May be more productive in the pros if given increased opportunities to contribute as a receiver, but doesn’t project as a flex or slot option.

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