- As has been reported by several outlets, Vanderbilt linebacker Tim Fugger, who only a few weeks ago worked himself into the late rounds with a solid workout, continues to rise up boards with 3-4 teams ... The jury remains out on another projected 3-4 prospect, Brandon Lindsey of Pitt. On film, Lindsey seems to have some solid rush-and-cornering skills. But in workouts, his times have been mostly average and he looks a bit stiff. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange
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Former Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt told the Pittsburgh media in August 2009 he thought moving Lindsey, a top national recruit at linebacker, to defensive end was "natural" and that Lindsey "was probably a step-slow linebacker, but he's a step-fast defensive end." In many 4-3 schemes, Lindsey will probably be best off with his hand on ground. NFL teams using a base 3-4 alignment, however, will value him as a stand-up pass rusher.
Lindsay played seven games as a redshirt freshman at linebacker before transition to defensive end for the following season, when he showed glimpses of his pass rush ability (18 tackles, 5.5 for loss, four sacks). Finally given the chance to play regularly as a junior, Lindsey earned second-team All-Big East honors by leading the conference with 17.5 tackles for loss, ranking second with 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.
New Pitt head coach Todd Graham tried using Lindsey at the "Panther" position -- standing up as a rusher as well as capable run-stopper on the edge. He does not have elite straight-line speed or quickness, but his strength and pass-rush ability may remind scouts of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley and allow him to follow his former teammate, Jabaal Sheard, in being drafted in the top 64.
Positives: Reacts well to draw plays and misdirection, sniffs out screens to his side of the field. Keeps his eyes in the backfield when rushing the passer and uses hands and strength to stay in the play. Runs out of gas and loses the ball during games when forced to play every down with his hand on the ground. Uses his low center of gravity to flash leverage and strong, violent hands to create space and shed to either side. Also spins off blocks to disengage. Gets low and creates piles in short-yardage situations. Has enough hustle and athleticism to make plays in the flat against running backs. Lacks height but has the vertical and timing to knock away passes when approaching the quarterback. Possesses strong upper body to be explosive and create turnovers as a tackler. Takes aggressive angles to the ball.
Negatives: Often engulfed by NFL-caliber tackles due to his lack of height. Must improve consistency in beating cut blocks. Needs work on angles and finding receivers in zone. Does not possess elite quickness. Fails to break down at times, grabbing shoulder pads and lunging to allow ball carriers to elude him. Inconsistent hustle. Only adequate change-of-direction ability. Also loses his balance too often in the open field. Lacks size to bull rush stronger tackles.