INDIANAPOLIS — Quarterbacks Jordan Lynch and Keith Wenning already have forgotten about their college rivalry.
Today, they find themselves working toward the same goal and pushing one another as training partners and friends.
Wenning wants to show NFL scouts he can make a smooth transition from Mid-American Conference star to the NFL, just like Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington did before him. Lynch is trying to prove yet again that his small size won’t be a detriment in a league that still tends to reward bigger bodies and bigger arms. This week, they will begin to find out just how close they are to making it in the NFL.
“I’m not going to measure in well, but I’m a football player,” Lynch said recently as he prepared for the NFL’s annual scouting combine.
No one knows that better than Wenning, who spent the past two seasons trying to help Ball State keep up with Lynch and Northern Illinois.
At Northern Illinois, Lynch was a Heisman Trophy finalist who kept turning heads nationally with his gaudy running and passing numbers. He finished his career with more than 4,300 yards rushing and 100 combined touchdowns, but at 6 feet and 216 pounds and having played in mostly a spread offense, he doesn’t exactly look the part of an NFL quarterback.
Wenning appears to have a more traditional NFL resume.
Listed at 6-3 and 220 pounds, the Coldwater, Ohio, native is a more ideal size, was a four-year starter and left as Ball State’s career passing leader.
The only real question now is, who will go first on draft weekend?
“I believe in myself and my abilities and what I can bring to an NFL team, so I believe I have the skills that it takes at the next level,” Wenning said. “You’d like to go as early as you can, and if you get a chance that’s all you can ask for.”