Biography: Four-year starter awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Senior totals included 53%/3153 yards/23 TDs /8 interceptions. Posted career-best numbers of 57.7%/3830/28/14 as a junior.
Positives: Physically gifted quarterback coming off a disappointing senior season. Patient in the pocket, stands in against the rush and throws with an over-the-top delivery. Puts air under deep passes and puts touch on throws when necessary. Displays solid pocket awareness, spreads the ball around the field and uses all his targets. Possesses a quick release and puts nice velocity on intermediate passes. Looks away from covered receivers and takes off up the field if nothing is available.
Negatives: Struggled as a senior and displayed a lot of miscommunication with receivers. Does not always find the safety or correctly read defenses. Made a lot of errant throws last season, delivering passes late and showing a lack of accuracy.
Analysis: Lindley was highly thought of coming into the 2011 season as one of the nation?s more underrated signal callers. He was inconsistent on the field as a senior yet has the physical skills and football ability to develop into a starter on the NFL level. Lindley will need time to develop his game yet is worth the gamble of a middle-round choice.
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