you guys want a TE for the NYG? Arthur Lynch, Georgia – 3rd rd … hands, power, size, blocks, and he's got an edge to him, too.
— GiantsWFAN (@giantswfan) January 10, 2014
The great Giants insider Paul Dotino, lovingly referred to as PDot, had a great tweet today regarding NY Giants draft prospects. So to kick off the scouting season, we’re taking a closer look with PDot at TE Arthur Lynch out of Georgia.
Now I know what you may be thinking — who cares?! The Giants have to draft 7 offensive lineman to get any results from this draft! Well, not so fast. One of the reasons there were blocking issues was because of the OL, but TE Brandon Meyers took forever to acclimate to the Giants system and couldn’t block to save his life. He came from a QB-TE pass friendly WCO in Oakland where he wasn’t asked to block. Like – at all. He was our #1 TE in 2013 despite all logic telling you that he was probably the least favorable candidate to create matchup issues in our offense. Even though he caught 4 TD’s – he is not exactly a red zone TE and he made few game changing plays for the Giants. Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson are much better suited for the TE role with the Giants in terms of measurables, not Meyers who will likely be gone next year. Bear Pascoe is a free agent as well… so a spot opens up for a big, pass catching, red zone threat, and run blocking TE with good instincts in rounds 2-4 to get the best bang for their buck. PDot is right on the money for a mid round pick – TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia in round 3 heading to the NY Giants would be an outstanding value pick.
Height: 6-5. Weight: 258.
Projected 40 Time: 4.78.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.
BIG BOARD RANKINGS
WalterFootball: 6th overall TE
Drafttek.com: 6th overall TE
Draftace.com: 5th overall TE
Career Highs: 3 receptions (7x), last vs. No. 16 Nebraska in 2012
*75 receiving yards vs. Tennessee in 2012
*Long reception of 49 yards vs. Georgia Southern in 2012
*1 TD reception (3x), last vs. No. 16 Nebraska in 2012
*Long TD reception of 36 yards vs. Florida Atlantic in 2012
*1 completion vs. No. 2 Alabama in 2012
*16 passing yards vs. No. 2 Alabama in 2012
2013: One of the country’s top-10 returning tight ends in 2012 season receiving yards … Named to preseason watch list for the Mackey Award … Named to Athlon All-America Preseason Second Team, Preseason Media Days All-SEC First Team, Lindy’s Preseason All-SEC First Team, Athlon Preseason All-SEC First Team, Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC First Team and Sporting News Preseason All-SEC Team.
2012: Appeared in 14 games making 13 starts, and had 24 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns .. Named to Phil Steele All-SEC Third Team … Recipient of team’s Most Improved Player award … Had three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown vs. No. 16 Nebraska … Tied career-high with three catches for 50 yards, and also completed a pass on a fake punt for 16 yards that led to a touchdown vs. No. 2 Alabama … Tied his career-high with three catches for 68 yards, including a career-long 49 yard catch, vs. Georgia Southern … Had three catches for 29 yards at Auburn … Caught two passes for 32 yards at Kentucky … Recorded a career-high 75 yards receiving on three catches vs. Tennessee … Set career-highs in receptions (3) and receiving yards (73) and scored first career-touchdown on a 36-yard catch vs. Florida Atlantic … Named offensive recipient of the True Grit Award at the conclusion of spring practice … Recipient of the Don Leebern, Jr. & Don Leebern, III Scholarship and the Frank. G. Lumpkin Football Scholarship.
via Walter Football:
12/21/13: Lynch has played well as a blocker and receiver in 2013. He has 19 receptions for 390 yards with five touchdowns. Lynch had some clutch catches for Georgia in close wins over LSU and South Carolina. He will play in the Senior Bowl.
8/3/13: Lynch was a solid replacement for Orson Charles in 2012. Lynch didn’t provide the big plays that Charles did, but was reliable for Georgia. The junior had 26 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns last year. Lynch did a nice job of blocking in the ground game. He was a backup before 2012.
Personal: History major.
vs Auburn 2013
vs Tennessee 2012
Frankly, it’s early. Very very early. There’s been no combine. Guys are still declaring for the draft. It’s too soon to do any meaningful breakdown on a mid-round TE. However, the Giants like their seniors with value and good measurables — Lynch is just such a candidate. I see him taking on DE’s not getting blown back onto his heels, not whiffing… so he’s already immediately better than our starting TE. He’s not incredibly fast but he shows good instincts in finding holes in the defense after a play breaks down and the QB scrambles… something we need more of here in NY for sure. But again – he’s visibly slow. And he’s projected to be a step behind every other TE in the rankings for 2014 in terms of speed. Will he be a welcome addition to the roster just for his blocking ability? Absolutely. But until we see what Donnell and the ‘JPP of Tight Ends’ Adrien Robinson bring to the red zone game next season in camp and preseason – I really can’t say he’d be the cure for what ails the Giants inside the 20.
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— Paul (@paulieg12345) January 10, 2014
@GiantsGab a TE that can block and catch would be great but no sooner than the 3rd round.
— William Cole (@williamk56) January 10, 2014