PROS: Has nice hips, showing the ability to turn and run with receivers. Has a nice backpedal and steady footwork. Can play in either off or press coverage, with potential to improve in the latter. Does a nice job keeping things in front of him and shows nice awareness in zone coverage. Is willing in run support, wraps up and able to make stop in the open field.
CONS: Doesn't play with great burst, and can be a step late to break up the pass. Occasionally gets turned around in coverage. Will tackle a bit high at times and needs to do a better job getting off blocks when out on the edge.
OVERVIEW: Lindley is a good corner that I thought was a bit overrated after watching him last year. He was billed as a potential No. 1 pick, but I didn't see it. Still don't, but he is still a good quality corner. Now might be slighted underrated because his production wasn't great as a senior. Made a lot of big plays during sophomore and junior years as he combined for 7 picks and 22 passes defended with 2 touchdowns. Had 1 pick, 9 passes defended, and 1 score as a senior.
NFL FORECAST: Lindley should be a solid starting corner in the league. He has the skills to be capable in man coverage and zone coverage, although I think he's probably going to be stronger in the latter area. He has a knack for making plays, which is something you can't teach. He isn't the biggest or fastest guy around, but he has enough size and speed to be an impact defender. I'm not sure he's going to be a No. 1 corner at the next level, but I think he can be a very solid No. 2 guy. The thing that I think will prevent him from being a No. 1 corner is that he isn't great in man coverage. He has the tools, but there seems to be a bit of burst or something missing that keeps him from being a lockdown corner. So he'll give up some catches and give up some big plays every now and then, but I doubt it'll be to the point of him becoming a liability. I'd probably compare him to Lito Sheppard in terms of how good an NFL corner I think he can be.
ATL FORECAST: Lindley could be a nice fit in Atlanta as the No. 2 guy to team with Robinson. Because of his size, he has a better chance of matching up with the biggest wideouts than the rest of the cornerback group. I'm not sure he would win a starting job outright, but I think he would stand a good shot at winning the nickel spot as a rookie. With the potential to win the starting job by Year 2. He would make a nice developmental starter option.
VALUE: Lindley is a solid second round pick that could sneak into the latter part of the Top 50 because good corners are hard to find.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
MAN COVERAGE: 3.0
ZONE COVERAGE: 3.5
BALL SKILLS: 4.0
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