Deltona's Paxton Lynch 26th pick in 1st round of NFL draft by quarterback-starved Denver Broncos

Paxton Lynch of Deltona, Florida, drafted in first round by Demver Broncos / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer / Paxton Lynch, the Memphis Tigers QB drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos, has a strong Central Florida connection.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DELTONA, Fla. -- Delton'a Paxton Lynch has gone from relative obscurity to the No. 26 pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos who were starved for a quarterback.

Denver needed a quarterback of the future with the off-season retirement of Peyton Manning and heir-apparent Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans.

"It was obviously the greatest feeling," Lynch said shortly after the pick in a statement released by the Broncos. "This was a dream come true for me. The Denver Bronco organization is obviously one of the best in the league." 

The 6-foot-7 Lynch, played quarterback for the Deltona Trinity Christian Academy Eagles before enrolling at Memphis and becoming the signal caller.

Denver needed a quarterback of the future with the off-season retirement of Peyton Manning and heir-apparent Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans.

"It was obviously the greatest feeling," Lynch said shortly after the pick in a statement released by the Broncos. "This was a dream come true for me. The Denver Bronco organization is obviously one of the best in the league." 

The 6-foot-7 Lynch, played quarterback for the Deltona Trinity Christian Academy Eagles before enrolling at Memphis and becoming the signal caller.

Lynch will compete with Mark Sanchez, formerly with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, who was signed after Osleiler bolted to the Texans as a free agent.

Lynch was the third quarterback drafted after Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were selected with the first two picks, by the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles, respectively.

The Broncos traded up with the Seattle Seahawks to take Lynch.

"It was always his dream was always to go to the NFL," said David Lynch, the quarterback's father.

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.