Ex-NIU QB Lynch meets with Bears

INDIANAPOLIS -- Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is determined to prove he can be an NFL quarterback.

“I’m a quarterback first,” the former Northern Illinois star said on Friday. “I always say I’m a quarterback first and I’ve been proving people wrong ever since I started playing. There is no doubt in my mind I will continue to do that. What I tell teams is that they are going to make a huge mistake if they don’t put me at quarterback.”

Lynch, a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School, started two years for the Huskies and led the school to a 24-4 overall record. He finished his college career with 6,209 passing yards, 51 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. Lynch also rushed for 4,343 yards and 48 touchdowns.

Even after posting such impressive numbers at Northern Illinois, draft analysts still question Lynch’s arm strength and size -- 6-foot, 216 pounds.

But Lynch said on Friday that NFL teams have not been scared off. The MAC conference player of the year feels he demonstrated acceptable arm strength to NFL scouts during the practices leading up to the East-West Shrine collegiate all-star game in January.

Lynch reports he’s received nothing but positive feedback since he arrived in Indianapolis.

“We just got here yesterday so I’ve only had one day to talk to teams, and I’ve spoken to about 10 of them,” Lynch said. “They’ve showed a lot of interest. With the way quarterbacks are going these days, teams are looking for that mobile guy, someone who can come in and run that zone option read. I think I fit well for them.

I’ve talked to the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns. Those are the ones I specifically remember.”

Smaller quarterbacks can succeed in the NFL. A perfect example is the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson, the player Lynch tries to model himself after. Lynch actually feels that standing 6-foot gives him an advantage in the pocket.

“I’m not that 6-foot-5 pocket passer that stands in the pocket,” Lynch said. “One of those things about being 6-foot is that it does play to your advantage at times. Being that small, you’re sitting in the pocket and not a lot of defensive backs can get a read on your eyes. That’s one of the advantages of being a shorter guy. I throw with anticipation. I throw to spots. Sometimes I can’t really see the receiver so you have to buy into the system, trust the system and throw on time.

I’m a winner. I’m a competitor. I find a way to win.”