Former Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch hit the lottery with the Denver Broncos making him the 26th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Lynch met the media Friday in Denver where he's expected to help keep the Broncos on their Rocky Mountain High after winning the Super Bowl last season.
Lynch goes to an organization that affords him great leadership in GM John Elway and Head Coach Gary Kubiak, outstanding receivers and a top rated defense.
But, more importantly, Lynch goes to a team needing immediate help at quarterback after Hall of Famer Peyton Manning retired and backup Brock Osweiller bolted for Houston as a free agent.
The Broncos brought in Mark Sanchez as a veteran free agent, but Denver brass expects Lynch to prove worthy of the pick in practice.
"We talked to everyone starting at 17 all the way up and finally were able to do a deal with the Seahawks," said Elway. "And we're thrilled to do it; thrilled we were able to do that and Paxton was still there and we're extremely excited about it. He's a big, athletic, strong, young guy who fits us perfectly."
Kubiak added, "He has a knack for making people miss and extending plays and it's really hard to coach guys to keep their eyes downfield when they're moving. This guy does a great job of that."
Lynch says he's ready to be a Bronco.
"I'm kind of glad it's over with, that whole process. Now I have a team; I have a family to be part of and I'm ready to get to work."
Lynch and the Broncos open the preseason against the Bears August 11.
The regular season hosting the Panthers on NBC and WMC September 8.
Denver plays the Tennessee Titans in Nashville December 11.
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