ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Ryan Lindley #14 of San Diego State warms up prior to the start of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
With Ronnie Hillman selected yesterday in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, it was only a matter of time before his former San Diego State teammate Ryan Lindley was also selected. And today he was, by the Arizona Cardinals in the 6th round.
Before the draft, I had brought up the possibility of Lindley going to the Denver Broncos. That turned out to be incorrect, with the Broncos selecting Brock Osweiler in the second round. Although it would've been fun to see Lindley and Hillman selected to the same NFL team, it obviously wasn't meant to be.
Ryan Lindley was the 9th quarterback taken in the Draft. Joining the Cardinals, Lindley will immediately compete for the primary backup spot. Kevin Kolb will enter the season as starter, with Lindley, John Skelton, and Richard Bartel competing for a valuable roster spot.
Ryan Lindley made a huge impact for the San Diego State Aztecs as a four year starter. He set school records for passing yards, completions, touchdowns, and starts.
While Lindley has the physical make up of an NFL quarterback, his skills are a bit raw. He tends to throw into traffic, isn't consistently accurate, and doesn't always make the best decisions. Still, with some time to develop, he could turn out to be a good option in the future if Kevin Kolb fails to live up to expectations.
Congratulations to one of San Diego State's all time best.