DENVER – The Denver Broncos' first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch is on one of this week's Sports Illustrated covers. The May 9 cover calls him "The Successor."
Lynch, a quarterback from the University of Memphis, was picked 26th overall after the Broncos moved up from No. 31 to take him.
He made the cover without playing a regular-season NFL game. That’s a distinction held by only one other Bronco: John Elway.
In August 1983, Elway made the cover after the team’s preseason win against the Seattle Seahawks.
All eyes were on Elway -- the No. 1 pick overall in the NFL Draft who helped engineer a trade to the Broncos from the Colts -- as the season got underway.
The connection between the two quarterbacks was noted by Broncos writer Andrew Mason.