Steelers QB Coach Randy Fichtner Present For Paxton Lynch’s Pro Day

At the end of this month we’ll know whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers will have selected another young quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft and odds are good that will ultimately happen based on the due diligence they’ve done at the position over the course of the last several weeks. On Wednesday, Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch participated in his school’s pro day and according to NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock, Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner was in attendance to watch him perform.

Lynch, who measured in at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 6065, 244-pounds, is expected to be drafted somewhere in the first few rounds later this month. During his college career he threw for 8,863 yards with 59 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.

Fichtner’s attendance at the Memphis pro day probably shouldn’t be considered a huge surprise, however, being as he was previously the school’s offensive coordinator for six years prior to him being hired by the Steelers.

The Steelers have been linked to several young quarterback prospects so far this offseason and that list includes Vernon Adams, Dak PrescottCody Kessler, Brandon Allen, and Cardale Jones, just to name a few. So far, however, the team has failed to bring any quarterback in for a pre-draft visit as far as we know.

  • Spencer Krick

    Is there any scenario where you see the Steelers actually consider Lynch at 25?

  • SteelersDepot

    Man, I would be shocked if they picked ANY QB in the first two rounds.

  • Spencer Krick

    On top of that, Lance Zierlein would have the biggest bragging rights in NFL writers room.

  • Rusted Out

    I’ve heard this guy called an Osweiller clone. I don’t know enough about his game to say that’s true, I can only assume it’s a size comparison.

  • Michael Pearce

    Zero!

  • Rusted Out

    I’m shocked the Steelers are even paying attention to a top rated QB. Could this mean they are pondering life after Ben?

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    lol. I can see it now

  • LHW

    Isn’t Osweiller like 6 7″

  • Spencer Krick

    Could also be a tactic to get another team to trade up for him, could be one pick closer to getting Billings.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Lynch is 6′ 6.5″ tall

  • Michael Pearce

    He would have a 4 year wait to start minimum, so highly doubt it..

  • Spencer Krick

    Worked out pretty good for Rodgers, although I have a hard time believing Lynch has that kind of ceiling.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’m not 100% against a 1st round QB, but Lynch just isn’t that guy to me. Way to much projection.

    Really tall and athletic
    Good but not GREAT arm, really nice deep ball.
    Struggles with accuracy on some easy throws.
    Really simple offense that required very little progression reads, tons of screens.
    Really struggled against better competition (Auburn, Temple).

    I can’t see where a team that NEEDS a QB is comfortable taking him in the late 1st round, let alone a team that has a franchise QB for at least 3 more years.

  • LHW

    I thought 6065 means 6.065″, or something like that. It seems he is indeed that large. Big guy indeed.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think Lynch is a little more athletic. Or at least more mobile. Maybe Osweiler stiffened up in the NFL?

  • PittsburghSports

    Kid has a cannon arm.

  • Rusted Out

    I’m of the belief that Ben won’t last that long.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Absolutely does.

  • Sack Master

    Hell no. This is simply due diligence for 4 years from now when he might be a free agent and Big Ben might be close to done.

  • Rusted Out

    I think he’s an immediate upgrade to Landry Jones, and could possibly win a few games if Ben goes down injured again.

  • falconsaftey43

    And you’ll settle for “an upgrade to Landry Jones” as your 1st round pick? That’s a pretty low bar. And they showed they could win a few games if Ben goes down last year. Sorry, you need to be sure he’s going to be your QB of the future to take him at 25, not just be a better backup.

  • Rusted Out

    I’m not so sure he couldn’t be the next guy, and I’m alot more optimistic about him under the gun than Jones or Vick. I have huge doubts they’ll dare take this guy at 25 if he’s even there, but they are showing interest for some reason.

  • Lambert58

    No way he lasts until 25. Even if he did, it would be a bad choice given the current team needs. The next 3 years are about surrounding Ben with the best possible talent to make a run at a SB. QB does not fit that need.

  • PaeperCup

    If he came close to being there at 25, Steelers should consider a trade with the Broncos. We could pick up someone we want at 31, and could really use an extra pick.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’m not even sure he’d be better than Jones his first year. The guy plays in a really simple spread offense. There is a ton for him to learn. I’m not even saying he can’t be the next guy, but for you to take him at 25, you have to be 100% convinced he’s the next guy, or else you’re wasting resources that could help you win another SB now. Also, I feel like if they were seriously considering him, they’d have Tomlin/Colbert there.

  • Rusted Out

    All fair points, but there is interest from the Steelers nonetheless. I know defense will probably be the pick for obvious reasons, but I think it’d be exciting to have this guy on the team.

  • Ellwood Davis

    I think that Ben has two years to play, if he’s smart about it. He’s got a young family, and plenty of money. I would be shocked, but not surprised if the Steelers did something new, and had a plan for life after Ben.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Man will this place go nuts if he’s our 1rd pick!

  • Phil Brenneman II

    It makes me wonder if the Steelers know something about Ben that we don’t. What are the odds that Ben hangs it up if he wins another SB this season? I don’t know that I would be floored by the news. Would be extremely sad though.

  • PittsburghSports

    Lots of good press coming from his Pro Day. Threw with velocity and touch through high winds and impressed a lot of people. He’s definitely a 1st rd pick. There’s too many QB hungry teams. I could see a scenario where’s he’s top 5 player available at 25 if he’s still there. I think all 3 QBs are gone by the Rams pick though. Might get another QB in rd 1 too.

  • John Parks

    No need to waste a pick on a QB this year. Only off position that possibly needs to be addressed is a ol, or possibly a wr. Other than that it needs to be a full def draft. Off positions can be signed as udfa’s.

  • B&G

    Heath is Ben’s best friend. Heath retired at 33 due to concussions. Ben has had many concussions. I am not at all convinced that we have a 3-5 year window with Ben — I think Heath might be in his ear (and I don’t blame either of them) and we might see 1-2 more years of Big Ben. I think that if we draft a QB this year the signal is unmistakable.

  • Rusted Out

    I think actually being healthy enough to make it another 3-5 is just as big an issue, I’m just glad other fans share this sentiment with me.

  • Paddy

    What if Ben has another concussion? His wife is physician’s assistant and she might say that’s it Ben. If he’s there in the 3rd round they might go for it

  • The Notorious TOM

    I’d be pretty excited about this and I think it could happen in rd 2. I see alot of people on the board talking like he wouldn’t last to 25.. I think alot of teams are gonna pass on a quarterback and most if not all the quarterbacks are gonna fall out of the first round. The teams everyone’s pegging to go top 5 and whatnot are gonna do other stuff imo, Denver might be the first team to take one period.

  • The Notorious TOM

    You basically nailed it. He’s only an Osweiller clone because they’re both 6’7.

    He’s more of a poor man’s Flacco to me.

  • Big White

    Well according to the “experts”, he looked phenomenal this afternoon.. Said he consistently threw darts into a strong headwind. Also, rave reviews on his footwork compared to the combine as he has been a shotgun system passer in college. In my opinion he is above and beyond Goff & Wentz and the Steelers would be crazy not to take him or trade out of #25. A lot of folks have him gone by the Rams at #15, but my guess is someone will move up to 12ish to grab him. 6’7 riflemen who run like a deer just don’t come around very often.

  • B&G

    Agreed. Also want to point out that when we drafted Coates, many wondered why — then we learned that the Steelers had some insight into the suspension of Martavis Bryant. They know much more than we do — I would not be surprised to see a QB drafted this year.

  • RickM

    I think several unexpected retirements over the last couple of years have caused teams to change their mindset a little. You don’t want to exaggerate the issue, but players who are financially set may walk away a year or two earlier. I can’t recall Ben making any statements about how long he wants to play (correct me if I’m wrong). He’s not like Brady who has gone on record and said he wants to play until he’s 45.

    Like everyone else, I hope the competitive fires still burn within Ben. But I don’t think there’s any certainty whatsoever that he’ll play another 4 to 5 years. His style of play over the last 11 years has resulted in far more punishing hits than any other elite QB. If the Steelers are prioritizing their search for a replacement, good for them.

  • Tim Goetz

    I wouldn’t mind taking him

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    That would be smart. I’m always in favour of being prepared for the future and we all know Laundry is not the answer.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He has all the physical tools. What’s really hart to tell is what’s between the ears and how fast they can process information.

  • 6 ring circus

    Maybe, maybe not. If he gets #7, I defintely think its an early out for him. If not, I think he may hang on for one year too long. That being the ’18 or ’19 season.

  • 6 ring circus

    It’s certainly not like in past years when players had to contemplate getting out of the game and becoming insurance or car salesmen. Todays’ salaries afford them the ability to get out of the game with whatever health they have and live a life of luxury that ordinary men like me cannot imagine.

  • RickM

    Excellent point. Not for all NFL players of course, but definitely for some of them.