Photo of Ryan Lindley
Drafted By: Cardinals

Combine Results

Grade
64.0 ?
  • 4.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 108.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Lindley is a developmental prospect with intriguing physical tools. He needs to improve his accuracy and decisions, but he is talented enough to take a gamble on at this point of the draft.

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 229LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Lindley is an athletic signal caller who has first-round talent when assessing simply his arm strength. The strongest senior thrower in this year's draft, Lindley can make crossfield deep out throws with ease. He is athletic in his pass set and does a good job surveying the field. His problems have surrounded his judgment at times: He can rely too heavily on his gunslinger mentality and get into trouble with interceptions and poorly placed balls. On his size and arm strength alone, Lindley should be selected in the late third round.

Analysis

Strengths

Lindley has a very lively arm and can drive the ball from anywhere on the field off his back foot. When he is having a good game, Lindley can thread the needle and put the ball on a receiver in stride 65 yards down the field. He is athletic in his pass set and can extend plays and fend off would-be rushers. Lindley is a developmental talent who has value to teams willing to be patient with him.

Weaknesses

Lindley has been inaccurate at times and will take some time to develop. He will throw an NFL pass one play, then make a bad decision that puts his team in trouble. He is athletic but can be a slow mover and take sacks from holding the ball too long. Most of his issues stem from his inconsistency in intermediate and deep routes.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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