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With their 1st 5th round pick, the Dolphins take Georgia TE Arthur Lynch.  Lynch has good size at 6'5, 258 lbs and decent speed at 4.75 in the 40.  Very good inline blocker and is physical in the run game and can substain and redirect his man.  Nice job of seal blocking and getting to the next level to take on linebackers and secondary personnel.  Precise route runner with good footwork and is good after the catch and is a load to bring down.  Tough, physical runner with very relable hands.  Motivated and dedicated to the game.  He does not have that burst to be a seam threat and takes a while to build up speed.  Has some technique issues to work on as a blocker.  Overall solid football player.

 

 

 

Arthur Lynch Highlights

 

Round 5, Pick 15
Walt Aikens, CB
Georgia | Senior
Hometown: Dartmouth, MA
6-5 / 258 lbs.

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

WHAT HE BRINGS
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OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

Production 3
2009: (11/1)  2-17-8.5-0 2010: Redshirt 2011: (14/1)  N/A 2012: (14/3)  24-431-18.0-3 2013: (12/11)  30-459-15.3-5

Height-Weight-Speed 3
Good height and carries weight well. Thick thighs and broad shoulders. Big hands (10 1/8') but arms (31') are on shorter side. Average top-end speed.

Durability 2
Bruised ribs during Florida game and missed the Appalachian State game the following week in 2013.

Intangibles 2
Voted 2013 team captain by teammates. Hard worker. Accountable. Team first player. Redshirted sophomore year because of depth at tight end. Reportedly considered transferring but stuck with program. Graduated in May of 2013

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal

TIGHT END SPECIFIC TRAITS

Separation Skills 3
Zone buster at best locating and settling into pockets. Physical route runner that can create separation with hands. Attacks defender, pivots and posts up. Flashes some savvy at the top of stem and adequate job of setting up breaks but not quick enough to consistently separate from man coverage. Takes too long to transition in and out of breaks.

Ball Skills 3
Can catch away from frame. Makes contested catches. Can absorb contact and hold onto ball. Inconsistent. Drops passes should catch despite big hands. Focus appears to be an issue. Can take eye off the ball and turn to run before secures it.

Big Play Ability 3
Doesn't have second gear to run away from coverage or pursuit after the catch but fast enough to get down the seam. Not a homerun threat but can produce after the catch. Flashes ability to make first defender miss and pick up yards after contact.

Competitiveness 2
Doesn't back down and flashes an edge as a blocker. Fights for yards after contact. No hesitation working the middle of the field. Doesn't take eye off the ball to locate defenders and exposes frame to big hits. Tough and bounces back when does take big hit.

Blocking 3
An adequate positional in-line blocker. Quick enough to get into position. While hand placement is inconsistent can get hands inside and lock on. Can give ground initially but holds on and sustains. Lunges at times and struggles when defenders cross face at the snap of the ball. Takes sound angles and good body control climbing to the second level and working from slot. Above average pass blocker. Gets into position and stays in front of defender.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:
Good-sized frame with thick legs, broad shoulders and good muscle definition throughout. Good strength for the position and gets physical in the run game with powerful hands and a nasty temperament to sustain and redirect his man.

Nice job on seal blocks, engaging with proper angles, good knee bend and natural balance. Agile blocker to recover and hold up in space to get to the second level and take out the LB/DB.

Powerful ballcarrier and is tough to tackle with his stout frame. Becomes an athlete after the catch to do something with the ball. Precise route-runner with clean footwork. Big, reliable hands. Very smart on and off the field and plays with a motivated attitude.

WEAKNESSES:
Lacks sudden quickness to easily beat press coverage or explode out of his breaks. Slow starter and takes a few moments to gear down and get back up to full speed - won't easily create separation.

Would like to see him consistently do more after initial contact as a ballcarrier. Will fight the ball and have his share of focus drops. Strong effort blocker, but does have some technique flaws that need addressed - needs to improve his awareness to eliminate missed assignments.

Career production is below average, especially in a pro-style offense with a quarterback (Aaron Murray) who set several SEC passing records.

--Dane Brugle

PLAYER OVERVIEW

Although the Georgia offense has to replace two of its top targets from a year ago (Tavarres King, Marlon Brown), senior quarterback A.J. Murray has more excitement about the 2013 group than last year's. And a big reason for that is the development of Lynch.

He had just nine catches over the first nine games of 2012, but finished strong with three catches in each of the final five games, proving to be a reliable pass-catcher in crucial games for his quarterback. Lynch looks the part at 6-5 and 260 pounds and if he can improve upon his second half production from a year ago, he will be one of the top SEC tight ends this season.

 

 

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

OVERVIEW

Highly recruited TE/DE who migrated from Massachusetts. As a true freshman in 2009, appeared in 11 games (one start) and recorded two catches for 17 yards (8.5-yard average) and zero touchdowns. Was redshirted in '10 in order to preserve a year of eligibility. Was used exclusively as a blocker in '11 when he played all 14 games (one start). Started 13-of-14 games in '12 and contributed 24-431-3 (18.0). Started 11-of-12 games in '13 and caught 30-459-5 (15.3). Bruised his ribs against Florida and sat out against Appalachian State. Team captain.


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Good size. Functional short-to-intermediate target. Can adjust to throws and extend to catch. Strong and competitive after the catch. Willing to engage and compete as an in-line blocker. Has special-teams experience. Hardworking and football smart. Tough and durable.

WEAKNESSES
Needs to develop more finishing strength -- not yet ready to match physically 1-on-1 with NFL defensive ends. Can improve his base and leverage. Average quickness off the line. Pedestrian foot speed. Tight hips. Unsudden -- cannot separate. Shaky hands (too many drops). Needs to improve his route running. Straight-linish after the catch. Thinks he's better than he is. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.

DRAFT PROJECTION
Round 7-Priority free agent

BOTTOM LINE
Big, competitive, inconsistent tight end lacking special traits for the NFL game. Will have to dedicate himself as a blocker to have a chance to stick as a No. 3.

-Nolan Nawrocki

 

 

 

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