The Northern Illinois Huskies are still undefeated on the season after a 38–17 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas. At 7–0, the Huskies look determined to shake up the BCS talk once again this season. However, Northern Illinois’ play has less to do with their overall talent and more to do with the exceptional talent of their quarterback, Jordan Lynch.
Lynch passed for just 155 yards against the Chippewas, but he ran for 316 yards. This brings his passing total to nearly 1500 yards and his running total to 952 yards this season. He’s on course to break 3000 yards passing and nearly 2000 yards rushing which is why he should definitely be taken into consideration as a 2014 NFL Draft pick.
Don’t get me wrong; there are potentially several better quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class. Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd, Marcus Mariota, and Aaron Murray are all either graduating or eligible to leave early for the 2014 NFL Draft. This quarterback class is one of the most talented groups in a long time because of the number of extremely talented players that are seniors.
However, it should be possible to get Lynch in the late sixth or seventh round of the draft. He is the perfect type of player to draft late and have as a backup on a young team so he can develop. A team like the Tennessee Titans, whose backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick, is a completely different style of player than starting QB Jake Locker, would be a perfect fit. Lynch also shows many similarities to Locker and could become either a long term backup or traded later on. Lynch needs time to develop and needs to get selected by a team where he won’t have to produce immediately.
One thing is certain – someone needs to take a chance on Lynch. He has far too much talent to waste just because he played in the MAC instead of a major conference. Luckily for Lynch, the Huskies can still make a BCS Bowl, and he can have a national stage to show his prowess to NFL scouts.