Paxton Lynch says he ended up in the best possible situation after the Denver Broncos traded up to take the quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
The Super Bowl champion Broncos were slated to make their choice with the 31st and final selection of the first round but gave that pick and a third-rounder to the Seattle Seahawks to move to number 26 and take Lynch.
Lynch, who spent his college career at Memphis, was one of three quarterbacks to be taken in the first round after Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were selected one and two by the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.
Denver's acquisition of Lynch ends any talk of a trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Instead Mark Sanchez looks likely to be the starter while Lynch adapts to the pros, with the 22-year-old telling NFL Network: "Not everybody gets this opportunity to play at the professional level.
"It's always been a dream of mine so I was hoping somebody would give me the call eventually, no matter where it happened but, at the end of the day, I think I ended up in the best possible situation."
Asked what it meant that the Broncos traded up for him, Lynch replied: "It's very special, to me that just means an organisation is very serious about a player for them to move up in the draft to draft them.
"I enjoyed my visit there when I talked with [general manager] John [Elway], coach [Gary] Kubiak and all those guys so I love the place and now I get to spend a lot of time there hopefully."