ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Lindley #14 of San Diego State roles out to pass during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated San Diego 28-7. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Perhaps the most significant departure for San Diego State this year will be that of QB Ryan Lindley. A four-year starter, Lindley proved to be the elite college QB that SDSU had gone without for so long. Despite his stellar numbers with the Aztecs, where Lindley falls in the 2012 NFL Draft remains a mystery.
If you were to look solely at collegiate stats, Lindley would have to be considered one of the top QB options on the draft board. His QB career with SDSU looks like this:
2008: 2653 YDS 16 TD 9 INT 117.0 RAT
2009: 3054 YDS 23 TD 16 INT 123.4 RAT
2010: 3830 YDS 28 TD 14 INT 149.4 RAT
2011: 3153 YDS 23 TD 8 INT 125.7 RAT
Lindley set SDSU records for total passing yards, touchdowns, total offense, completions, and QB starts. Quite the resume.
Still, there is caution surrounding Lindley entering the draft. While he has the right body and arm strength to succeed in the NFL, he lacks both accuracy and pressure decision making. He’s viewed as a "gunslinger", more reliant on his arm and receiver’s abilities than on pinpoint accuracy.
Lindley still may be desirable to a number of teams, and factors to be in the top ten QBs in the draft. Expect to see Lindley drafted in the 4th through 6th rounds. He would be ideal backing up an established starter, while fine tuning his weaknesses. Teams like the Denver Broncos or Philadelphia Eagles could be a good fit for Lindley.