There were reports that the Jets wanted to move ahead of Buffalo to get Lynch. What's weird is that the Jets had the opportunity to grab Lynch, but passed. But Denver was clearly trying to trade up and get Lynch, so maybe they would have been willing to work something out to move up to 18.
Microfracture surgery gives you degenerative knee joints and destroys them over time. That's a medical fact, it's not up for debate. Different people have different timeframes for how it affects them, but the damage is permanent, and I guarantee you it's a big reason why he didn't go in the first round. The team that does end up taking him will probably be a contending team trying to win a SB like the Pats who are willing to lose him after a few years if they win a title. The team that takes him also doesn't have have to risk a 1st rounder now.
Definitely, my grandfather lived in Baltimore for a while and grew up watching him. He still pulled for Indy but always referred to them as Baltimore. I wasn't allowed to say the name Irsay in my house. The game sure has changed. I wish I could go back in time when players didn't get flagged for breathing on a player and defenses were actually feared by offenses.