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Broncos select QB Paxton Lynch after trading up in 2016 NFL Draft


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — **After acquiring the 26th overall pick in a trade with Seattle, the Broncos have selected quarterback Paxton Lynch out of Memphis with their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Photos of new Broncos QB Paxton Lynch, who the team selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft after a trade. (AP Photos)

Standing tall at 6-feet-7-inches, Lynch was dynamic for the Tigers in his three seasons as their starting quarterback. In his best year, his junior season, he completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,778 yards with 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

Lynch, a first team All-AAC selection in 2015, threw for 8,865 yards and 59 touchdowns in 38 career games at Memphis. The signal caller led the Tigers to bowl games in his last two seasons.

Lynch also has some wheels, compiling 687 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.

He joins a quarterback group of eighth-year veteran Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian, who will enter his second season.

The Broncos swapped first-round picks with the Seahawks and also traded their third-round pick (No. 94 overall) to select Lynch. Denver has one selection in the second round (No. 63 overall) and one selection in the third round (No. 98 overall) on Friday.

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