(Jared Goff photo courtesy of the University of California)
(Paxton Lynch photo courtesy of the University of Memphis)
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Paxton Lynch was the third quarterback selected in the 2016 NFL draft but listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network he’ll have the biggest impact on his team this fall.
The Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles traded up for the first two picks of the NFL draft, with Goff going first to the Rams and Wentz second to the Eagles. Lynch lasted all the way to the 26th pick, where the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos traded up to get him.
Peyton Manning retired from the Broncos after the Super Bowl, and journeyman Mark Sanchez was brought in as a place holder. But Sanchez had thumb surgery this month, so the Memphis rookie is now getting the first-team snaps during the OTAs.
Lynch received 42 percent of the vote in the poll, followed by Goff at 26 percent, Wentz at 18 percent and fourth-round pick Connor Cook of the Raiders at eight percent. Christian Hackenberg of the Jets and Zak Prescott of the Cowboys brought up the rear with 3 percent of the vote apiece.
Talk of Fame Network co-host Ron Borges was on board with the vote as to which rookie quarterback would have the biggest impact.
“Usually it’s the one who is lucky enough to land on the best team,” Borges said. “That’s Paxton Lynch. Mark Sanchez’s thumb injury gives him an early opening to impress John Elway and Gary Kubiak. If he does, he’ll be on a team that won’t have to score a lot to win, which will limit what he has to do and hence his mistakes. I like his chances.”
Co-hosts Clark Judge and Rick Gosselin both cast their votes for Goff.
“Goff is the most ready to start now,” Judge said, “and he will.”