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CU Buffs’ Tim Lynott Jr. hoping for NFL shot

Draft prospect played at center and guard during time in Boulder

Tim Lynott did 29 reps of ...
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Tim Lynott did 29 reps of the bench press. University of Colorado senior football players showed their skills for NFL scouts during CU Pro Timing Day on March 11, 2020.

At Colorado’s pro day earlier this month, Tim Lynott Jr. was trying his best to get one more repetition on the 225-pound bench press.

“I was trying to hit 30,” he said. “I just messed up on the first couple; the back was coming off and I had too much push into it. It kind of messed me up later on, but still pretty happy with 29. I was hoping for 30-plus.”

One rep short of his goal on the bench wasn’t enough to discourage him, though.

Lynott may not be considered one of CU’s top prospects going into next month’s NFL Draft, but he might prove to be a valuable asset for a team needing versatility up front.

During his career with the Buffaloes, Lynott started 45 games, including 29 at right guard and 16 at center. Primarily a guard much of his career, Lynott started all 12 games at center last season, snapping the ball on 833 of CU’s 848 offensive plays (98.2 percent).

“There are a lot of teams that are looking for that guy that can either do center or guard, especially if someone gets hurt,” said Lynott, who measured 6-foot-2, 301 pounds at pro day. “That’s definitely a big thing and it’s exciting knowing a lot of teams need that. So it’s a great opportunity and I think that it’ll show eventually.”

At pro day, Lynott’s performance on the bench was impressive, matching teammate Arlington Hambright for the most reps that day. Neither player was invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but their strength compares favorably to those who were there. Of the 39 offensive linemen who did the bench press at the combine, only five had more than 29 reps.

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Colorado’s Tim Lynott Jr. earned the Buffalo Heart Award last season.

Lynott had a 40-yard dash time of just 5.44 seconds, but the word from scouts that day was that he had a good 10-yard split, which is more important for linemen.

“That was something I was trying to put an emphasis on a lot,” Lynott said. “That 10-yards is big for O-linemen and D-linemen, so I was trying to make sure that was good.”

Overall, Lynott came away from his pro day feeling good about what he had done for scouts.

“It was fun,” he said. “It was something you do once in a lifetime. It was a fun thing to do and I was pretty happy with the numbers I got for the most part. It was just a great opportunity.”

With a solid pro day and four seasons of starting experience, Lynott is hoping he’s done enough to earn an opportunity in the NFL.

CU hasn’t had an offensive lineman drafted since David Bakhtiari in 2013, and Lynott might be a long shot to end that streak. But, he’s hoping that he’s at least done enough to earn a shot as an undrafted free agent.

“Yeah, I think I did all I could,” he said. “Interviews with other teams and all that, I tried to do well in my All-Star game and this past season. I tried to do my best in all of that and that’s the best way to sell myself up. At this point now it’s just waiting to see what happens in April; pretty much just wait it out.”