San Diego State quarterback Ryan Lindley is an intriguing midrange prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. With a little coaching in certain areas of his game, the senior passer could develop into a dangerous starter at the next level.
In 2010, Lindley threw for 3,830 yards and 28 touchdowns. His senior campaign was a little weaker, primarily from losing targets, as he racked up 3,153 yards and 23 scores. In each of his last three seasons as a starter, he tossed at least 23 scoring strikes and threw for more than 3,000 yards.
Experienced with a live arm
- Strong arm - can make all of the throws and has a lot of zip on intermediate passes
- Four-year starter
- Durable - missed only one game because of injury
- Good size at 6-foot-3 3/4, 229 pounds
- Great in the pocket
- Conventional delivery and throwing motion
- Looks off safeties and generally does a good job of surveying the field
- Team leader with no known character flaws
- Lacks athleticism and mobility
- Inconsistent accuracy and suspect anticipation
- Tends to force throws into tight coverage while relying too much on his arm strength
- Lacks touch on short and deep passes
- Field awareness is below average - doesn't do a good enough job of feeling the pocket collapsing from his blind side
- Statistically regressed as a senior, which could be due to losing his top two targets to the NFL and a reliance on running back Ronnie Hillman
Expected draft placement
Lindley is a project quarterback whose skill set just needs refinement before he can become a viable NFL starter. Expect to hear his name in the fourth round of the draft, and we don't expect him to slide out of the fifth.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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