James Lynch

Defensive Tackle

Baylor

6'4"

289 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

5.94

Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas Tech 2018 Vs: Oklahoma

Report By: Alex Edwards

Scouting Report

ATHLETICISM: 5.84

Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 5.60
Flexibility: 5.10
Explosiveness: 6.30
Playing Speed: 6.10
Coordination: 6.10

He has adequate change of direction but takes time for him to establish his feet. Marginal when it comes to flexibility, he doesn't have much bend to his game. Solid explosiveness off the line, can get an advantage with his start. Solid playing speed and coordination as well. He can gain ground working linear but struggles working side to side. He did find himself getting put on the ground from time to time.

PASS RUSHING ABILITY: 5.94

Initial Quickness: 6.20
Use of Hands: 6.10
Leverage: 5.60
Pass Rush Moves: 5.20
Finish Ability: 6.60

Solid initial quickness but inconsistent with his get-off, will come up to tall losing his leverage on his own. Solid with his use of hands keeping active but needs to improve with accuracy finding his placement inside more often. Marginal when it comes to pass rush moves, heavily relies on faking outside and working his way back inside, needs more versatility. Good when it comes to finishing, once he wraps up the runner he consistently finishes the tackle.

COMPETES: 7.00

Toughness: 6.00
Consistency/Motor: 7.00
Production: 8.00

Adequate toughness plays a power style but still comes up short with necessary playing strength. Good at keeping a consistent motor, always moving towards the ball in pursuit. Great productivity throughout college but a lot of his sacks came when the quarterback was scrambling towards him and he happened to be in position, didn't win his way for the sack.

AGAINST THE RUN: 6.08

Play with Leverage: 5.60
Stack and Shed: 5.10
Gap Shooting Ability: 6.60
Run at Him: 6.60
Run Away: 5.60
Tackling/Hitting: 7.00

Adequate playing with leverage, inconsistent at keeping runners from the outside though. Marginal in his efforts to successfully stack and shed, once engage in block rarely broke free. Good when it came to shooting the gap, could work his way to plug the B gap. Good at stopping the run when coming right at him but struggles when the runner got outside of him, rarely going to chase down the runner. A good tackler once establishing himself, wraps up consistently and uses good form.

INTELLIGENCE: 6.03

Instincts: 6.10
Learn/Retain: 5.80
Teamwork: 6.20

Solid instincts he just needs to work on consistency working inside and outside against offensive line. Adequate with retaining information but needs to play smarter with pass rush moves and hand usage. Solid team player, is willing to do dirty work plugging up the middle when asked.

STRENGTHS

Lynch keeps his motor running consistently putting in full effort. Handles himself well against double teams keeping his feet driving forward. His pass rush working from outside to inside is the best move he has.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks the athleticism to be able to plant and go with his change of direction. Needs to improve both his play speed and play strength to hold himself in the NFL. Doesn't look to have the flexibility to handle himself at the 5-technique position, which is where he played mostly throughout college.

BIG PICTURE

James Lynch is a defensive lineman who came into college at Baylor as a 3-star athlete with a 0.8610 rating from 247 Sports. He decided to declare early for the 2020 draft after a very productive 2019 season, starting all 14 games resulting in 41 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. Lynch projects to be a 3-Technique defensive lineman in the NFL who needs to develop his play strength and has limited athleticism. He looks to be someone who can have an impact with pass rush on 3rd downs with his ability to get pressure up through the inside. As a 3-Technique, he will fit best with a defense that uses a 3-4 scheme and looks to be a prospect to go early to mid-day 3.

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