Phillip Lindsay

Colorado
RB

Prospect Info

College
Colorado
Hometown
Class
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Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
190 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
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Lindsay comes from a football family, the son of a Colorado State fullback and cousin of two former Oklahoma State football players. Two sisters played collegiate athletics, as well. Lindsay's high school career ended on a low note, though, as he tore his ACL and missed most of his senior season. Despite that, he still rushed for 4,587 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career. He was redshirted in 2013, but was healthy enough to be the Offensive Scout Player of the Year. In 12 games as a freshman reserve back, Lindsay was an all-around threat with the ball in his hands (79 attempts for 391 rushing yards; 14 catches for 118 receiving yards, 36 kick returns for 849 yards). The diminutive but tough-to-tackle Lindsay got his chance to start in 2015, beginning six of 13 games played and leading the Buffaloes with 653 yards on 140 carries (six touchdowns). He also contributed as a receiver, catching 26 passes for 211 yards and one score, but received fewer kick return attempts (7 for 154 yards). Lindsay became the main man on Colorado's offense in 2016, taking advantage of his speed, vision, and balance to garner second-team All-Pac-12 honors with 1,252 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing (244 carries) and 53 receptions for 493 yards and another score. Pac-12 coaches gave him honorable mention notice in 2017, despite increasing his rushing yardage (1,474), carries (301), and scoring 14 times on the ground in 12 starts. He also caught 23 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Chris Thompson
Overview
Lindsay's lack of desired size may limit his draft stock somewhat, but his versatility as a running back, pass catcher and special teams contributor should work in his favor. Lindsay plays with unbridled passion that is infectious on the field. Lindsay has the ability to handle inside running duties and blitz protection despite his size. His football character and field demeanor give him a good chance of becoming a solid backup in the league.
Strengths
  • Compact, well-defined frame
  • Looks bigger in the uniform than listed size
  • Nicknamed "Tasmanian Devil" for boundless energy and playing style
  • Feet move like beaters of a hand mixer
  • Goes from patient to urgent instantly as a runner
  • Loves football and plays with tremendous heart
  • Uses committed, downhill burst
  • Rarely slows into contact
  • Contorts through crevices and finds the second level
  • Pops right up after monster hits
  • Runs with timing and instincts
  • Works to keep pads squared
  • Steadies himself through contact and continues rolling
  • Has lower body power to drive through leg grabbers
  • Fearless in his pass protection
  • Gains separation out of breaks and can pile on additional yardage after the catch
Weaknesses
  • Running style borders on manic at times
  • Frenetic pace features flailing arms and excessive upper body movement
  • Not always as shifty as his movements would lead you to believe
  • Will cut back into traffic rather than finding less resistance
  • Below NFL standards for running back size
  • Aggressive running style combined with 545 carries over last two years has seen Lindsay take plenty of punishment
  • Struggles to secure throws with pace on them

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league