2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State

by Cory J. Bonini on April 20, 2012 @ 13:35:43 PDT


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. 

Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
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. 

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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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