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Ryan Lindley scouting report

Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State #14
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 230

Prototypical height and overall size. Four-year starter with plenty of experience. Elite arm strength; can make any NFL throw with ease. Experienced in shotgun and under center. Does a nice job looking off his target; doesn’t stare receivers down. Played under three head coaches and three offensive coordinators, which is likely partially to blame for his limited growth throughout his career; but seemed to handle each transition well. A team leader and hard worker; well respected by coaches and teammates. Understands his weaknesses and is willing to own up to his mistakes; seems to understand what he needs to do to improve – a great sign of maturity.
Accuracy is an issue; very inconsistent, and has been throughout his career. Not a great athlete; isn’t a threat to run. Needs to improve his touch; has a strong arm and likes to fire the ball whenever possible; needs to slow things down sometimes. Doesn’t always see the whole field; looks for his first read down field, and when it isn’t there hits his check-down receiver; rarely appears to look at more than two reads, and tends to stay focused on one side of the field. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2008. Played through an ankle injury in 2010.
Lindley has a lot of the skills you can’t teach – size, arm strength, leadership – but his accuracy has definitely held him back in terms of his growth as a quarterback. He definitely has the intangibles you want in a quarterback, and is willing to work to improve, making him worth a mid-to-late round selection as a developmental prospect. However, if his accuracy cannot improve, he won’t be long for this league.
2011 vs La-Lafayette (bowl game)
2011 vs Michigan
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