Scouts have Jordan Lynch run DB drills at NIU pro day

Scouts have Jordan Lynch run DB drills at NIU pro day
March 8, 2014, 12:00 am
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Vinnie Duber

Jordan Lynch is a quarterback.

He proved that with a record-breaking career at Northern Illinois, a school he picked because then-head coach Jerry Kill would let him line up under center. Lynch's incredible exploits as the Huskie quarterback last season earned him a third-place finish in Heisman Trophy balloting.

But all of that isn't keeping some pro scouts from thinking Lynch could still have another position. Those scouts asked Lynch to run some defensive-back drills at NIU's pro day on Friday in DeKalb.

Lynch obliged, saying he'll do whatever can get him to the next level, even if his desire is to play quarterback.

"The more I can do the better, whatever gets my foot in the door," Lynch said Friday. "I'm a quarterback first, I've said that over and over. I think a lot of scouts will start realizing that I can play quarterback, and all these other drills will go out the window. Whatever I can do, the more I can do is better."

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But willing as he might be to help an NFL team in any way he can, he's marketing himself as a QB, and he believes he proved he can play the game's premier position on Friday.

"I helped myself today," Lynch said. "I threw every NFL route today, threw it on time, threw it on target, threw everything completed. Maybe a few incomplete passes here and there, but everything was really well. And there's no doubt in my mind they're talking about it right now."

Lynch wasn't the only Huskie on display Friday. Teammate Jimmie Ward, a third-team All-America selection at safety, is expected to go higher in the draft than Lynch, and he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash after missing the NFL Scouting Combine.