6’0, 179 pounds | Cornerback | Kentucky
Agility: Has fluid, loose hips that he can open up with ease and run with receivers. Has some change of direction issues and loses some ground against quick receivers.
Ball Skills: Average hands, at best. Dropped several interceptions as a junior and sophomore. . Was highly productive during his career in pass breakups. Don’t expect a lot of interceptions from Lindley, but he does make a lot of plays on the ball.
Body Control: Needs to get coached up some in this area of the game. Doesn’t always time his jumps well and will be burned by good high-point receivers.
Instincts: Recognition skills are solid. Reads the quarterback’s eyes well as a play develops. Is only average at getting his head around when the ball is in the air.
Man coverage: Has a frame built for man coverage. Lindley possesses good height and arm length that allows him to make plays on the ball. Does a really good job in staying low in his backpedal. Struggles some jamming receivers at the line and can be pushed around. Can be disruptive in this area breaking up routes.
Pursuit: Against screen passes, Lindley moves up the field really well. Does an excellent job working around blockers.
Speed: Shows good straight-line speed. Has solid recovery speed but he tends to be a little slow closing.
Tackling: A willing player versus the run, but he’s not a very good tackler. If he adds more strength, particularly in his upper body, he’ll get better here.
Zone coverage: Uses his ability to read a quarterback in zone coverage. Can quickly make a play on the ball, so long as it’s coming straight at him. Anticipates routes nicely.
Final word: Much like Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, Lindley is a player who would have been better served coming out a year early. He was given a second-round grade by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee last season, but returned to try and boost his stock.
Instead, Lindley had an off year while he battled a high ankle sprain. He missed four full games and spent the rest of the season less than 100 percent. The injury greatly limited Lindley’s mobility, especially off the line of scrimmage.
But as a junior, Lindley showed he has talent. He has the most interceptions in Kentucky history and has made plays on a lot of balls during his career.
As a senior, Lindley was able to add more bulk, getting up to 179 pounds. He’ll have to continue to get stronger because he can be pushed around at the line.
Grayshirted his first year at Kentucky.