2012 NFL Draft | Ryan Lindley Scouting Report
Player Name: Ryan Lindley
School: San Diego State
Weight: 229 lbs.
Lindley was a four-year starter (49 starts) and San Diego State, and set school and Mountain West Conference records in passing yard (12,690), completions (961) and attempts (1,732) while setting a school record with 90 passing touchdowns. Under the tutelage of quarterbacks coach Brian Sipe, who was the NFL MVP in 1980 with the Cleveland Browns, Lindley made notable improvements over his final three collegiate seasons and has the attention of NFL scouts.
Has prototypical size for an NFL quarterback, and proved very durable in college (just one missed start)
Has excellent arm strength, is able to fit the ball into tight windows
Is very intelligent, as evidenced (perhaps) by his scoring 35 on the Wonderlic
Shows excellent poise in the pocket
Sees the field well; uses his eyes well to manipulate the defense
Ran a pro-style offense in college, working under center and in the shotgun
Shows too much faith in his arm, makes throws into double coverage at times
Is inconsistent in terms of accuracy (55.5 completion percentage in college), tends to spray the ball
Lacks touch and on all throws at times, and shows only average anticipation
Displays inconsistent footwork and mechanics; struggles with accuracy when his feet are not set
Struggles to feel backside pressure, and lacks mobility to avoid the rush
Lindley may be one of the more pro-ready quarterback prospects in this year’s class not named Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III given his physical tools and that he played extensively in a pro-style offense at San Diego State. But his shortcomings are enough to keep him from being an early round pick, and a team that can allow him to develop behind an established starter may see him as an intriguing pick in the middle rounds of the draft. Some teams that may be interested in Lindley include the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. Expect to see Lindley go off the board sometime in the fourth round, and if he lands in the right situation we could be looking at a draft steal down the road.
NFL Comparison: Kyle Orton (with more upside)