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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ryan Lindley, QB

School: San Diego State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Alpine, CA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 229 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
12984
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/185 - Ryan Lindley, QB, 6-3, 232, San Diego State...He's a four-year starter with good size and a strong arm. His weakness is accuracy, completing 55.48 percent of his career attempts. COULD SURPRISE: Quarterback Ryan Lindley: The San Diego State quarterback has a strong arm and good size (6-3, 230 pounds). He's a project so he won't contribute for a couple of years. But he's smart and has ability. If Kevin Kolb and John Skelton falter over the next few years, Lindley could get a shot. - The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, 6-4, 229...Under the tutelage of QBs coach Brian Sipe, Lindley made noticeable progress in his mechanics and understanding since 2009. It should be noted that Sipe learned quarterbacking at SDSU under the legendary Don Coryell -- famed for Air Coryell, which was football's original West Coast offense. Coryell was a disciple of the same Sid Gilman aerial show that begat the vertical passing game Al Davis brought to Oakland. And, unlike latter day West Coast (II) devotees of Bill Walsh, all those icons preferred to pester defenses with longer completions rather than rack up easy stats with short, high-percentage plays. So it might be no coincidence that in his years with the Cleveland Browns (1974-83), Sipe completed only 56.5 percent of his passes and threw 149 interceptions to go with his 154 touchdowns. Sipe had a decent arm for a 6-1, 195-pound quarterback, but Lindley is bigger and his arm is stronger. So in his 49 starts Lindley was far more prolific than his mentor and set school and Mountain West Conference records for completions (961), attempts (1,732), yards passing (12,690) and his 90 touchdown passes is a San Diego State high. But concerns about Lindley also echo those that haunted Sipe's career. Lindley completed only 55.5 percent of his passes and had 47 interceptions to go with those 90 TDs. Lindley shows the ability to fire the ball into a small opening, but too often is unable to complete the easy pass or, worse, tries to force the ball in a way that only makes defenders happy. If he can learn to pick the right target and shoot straight with more consistency, then Lindley has the physical tools to play in the NFL. In fact, Lindley is a far better prospect than Sipe was as a 13th-round draft pick in 1972 (330th overall), before he overcame everything to become NFL MVP in 1980. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior QB Ryan Lindley has struggled with completion percentage all season and enters the bowl game with a 52.5 percent completion rate. But Lindley still has thrown for 2,740 yards and his TD-to-interception ratio is 20 to 8. While Hillman is the straw that stirs the offense's drink, Lindley is the one in charge of managing the game and getting the Aztecs into an offensive rhythm. Lindley became the first player in Mountain West history to pass for more than 12,000 yards for his career. - The Sports Xchange

11/13/2011 - Abelardo Perez kicked a 37-yard field goal with 5:49 left and Ryan Lindley threw for 154 yards and a touchdown on a record-setting night as San Diego State defeated Colorado State 18-15 Saturday night. Lindley improved to 11,494 career passing yards to pass former BYU quarterback Max Hall's 11,365 for the Mountain West Conference record and Todd Santos' 11,425 for the San Diego State mark. Ronnie Hillman, the nation's second-leading rusher, ran for 80 yards on 24 carries for San Diego State (6-3, 3-2 Mountain West). But Colorado State's Chris Nwoke had better numbers, rushing 22 times for 232 yards and a touchdown. Colorado State (3-6, 1-3) lost quarterback Pete Thomas to a strained left knee early in the second quarter. The Rams have lost five straight. The game was tied 15-15 before Perez, who had missed from 22 and 44 yards earlier, was right down the middle. - AP Sports

10/13/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: San Diego State at Air Force, Oct. 13 The Aztecs snapped the Falcons' three-game winning streak last season with a 27-25 triumph at Qualcomm Stadium. KEYS TO THE GAME: Thursday's contest may be one in which the first defense to force a three-and-out wins. Both the Falcons and the Aztecs are going to try to establish their running games, which should keep the clock moving and shorten the outing considerably. In a week of limited preparation, elaborate game plans go out the window, so the team that executes its base packages the best should be the team to emerge victorious. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Lindley is 38-of-89 passing in his last two games (42.7 percent. He continues to say the offensive struggles are due to miscommunication between his WRs and him. The Aztecs are nearly halfway into the season, and it's up to Lindley to get his targets on the same page or find out whom he can trust. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - KEEP AN EYE ON: Though the Aztecs enjoyed uncommon success last season with their 9-4 record, they did falter on a couple of occasions when presented a chance to elevate themselves into the national spotlight with a top-25 ranking. SDSU passed its first test in 2011 with a convincing victory over a BCS opponent in Washington State. Now the Aztecs have to prove they are ready for that next step. Coach Rocky Long's biggest successes when he was head coach at New Mexico from 1998-2008 came when he was able to instill an "us-against-the-world" mentality. Now, he has to show that he can lead a team in times of prosperity to greater prosperity. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - QB Ryan Lindley still is putting the onus on him to get SDSU's passing game clicking consistently. He told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he has to figure out where the comfort zones of the WRs are so he can deliver the ball where they like it and have the best chance to catch it. "We're already a lot better than we were," he told the newspaper. "I'm excited about the way we're improving." - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Ryan Lindley has been able to provide glimpses of what the SDSU passing game could be, but hasn't been able to make it a showcase that can explode for points if opponents ever shut down RB Ronnie Hillman. Coach Brady Hoke is guaranteed to get his defense to key on Hillman, but if the Aztecs can have enough success to make the Wolverines commit an extra defender, Lindley has to find the weakness in the secondary to make big plays. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2011 - QB Ryan Lindley became the second player in Aztecs history to surpass the 10,000-yard passing mark for his career. He reached the milestone in the second quarter with an 11-yard pass to TE Bryce Quigley. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2011 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: RB Ronnie Hillman gained 189 yards in the season opener against Cal Poly, despite missing snaps because he was cramping. Now that he has a better feel for how he must keep himself hydrated, he should excited for the challenge of facing an Army defense that allowed 289 yards to Northern Illinois last week. Backup Walter Kazee stepped in nicely when Hillman had to go to the sidelines to get treatment, gaining 82 yards on 15 carries. SDSU's ability to run should give QB Ryan Lindley time to find his WRs in the passing game more consistently. Timing issues that hindered the aerial attack in Week 1 shouldn't be as evident against Army, and the Aztecs shouldn't need the passing game to bail out the offense. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2011 - Ryan Lindley threw four touchdowns as San Diego State routed Cal Poly 49-21 in Rocky Long's head coaching debut for the Aztecs. Lindley, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 203 yards, became the Aztecs' all-time leader in touchdown passes when he teamed up with Colin Lockett for an 18-yard TD late in the third quarter. The TD pass was his 71st of his career, surpassing Todd Santos, who had 70 from 1984 through 1987. Dylan Denso caught two of Lindley's TD passes in the second quarter to help the Aztecs build a 28-14 halftime lead. Ronnie Hillman was a major contributor for the Aztecs with 189 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Cal Poly at San Diego State, Sept. 3 - The Mustangs have the Aztecs' attention, having beaten SDSU the last two times they've met in 2006 and 2008. Coach Rocky Long also experienced suffering a loss at a FCS school. He was coach at New Mexico in 2006 when Portland State upset the Lobos 17-6 in their season opener. KEYS TO THE GAME: Long also is worried because he doesn't know what type of offense Cal Poly will use in the opener. The Mustangs used a triple-option to beat SDSU in those last two meetings, but they visited Oregon in the off-season to study its no-huddle passing attack. That means the Aztecs may become a bit vanilla on defense before Long can find out how Cal Poly will attack. If the Aztecs can get control of the game behind QB Ryan Lindley and RB Ronnie Hillman, they won't have as much to fear. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Rocky Long insists he never wanted to be a head coach, except at his alma mater New Mexico. Once that 11-year career ended, Long was quite content to go back to being a defensive coordinator. Until Brady Hoke left San Diego State after two seasons, a 9-4 record in 2010 and a bowl victory. "It is not a surprise to be a head coach again," Long said. "I am kind of used to what is coming. It doesn't mean I like it. It is two completely different jobs. The number one reason I am doing this is that it is a great opportunity, and I see potential. I saw how happy the players are and the improvement they made the last two years, and I thought it was going to be really sad to have them start over again. The opportunity arose, I was excited and happy and I have good guys to coach, and that is fun." For the fun to continue, Long must build upon the foundation he helped lay with Hoke, now at Michigan. Offense always has been prevalent for the Aztecs, but Long has shaved off more than 100 yards allowed per game on defense. His 3-3-5 scheme must continue to keep opposing offenses on the sideline and let his own offense light up the scoreboard. Outside linebacker Miles Burris and cornerback Leon McFadden lead a unit Long expects again to improve to keep the Aztecs in contention for a bowl berth and for a Mountain West title. If it weren't for the addition of Boise State and quarterback Kellen Moore, the Aztecs' Ryan Lindley likely would head into 2011 as the most heralded signal caller in the conference. SDSU does have the league's featured running back in sophomore Ronnie Hillman. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Ryan Lindley, SR, San Diego State, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Lindley, a candidate for the Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award, returns for his fourth year as SDSU's starter and has already amassed 9,537 career passing yards and 67 touchdowns in 36 contests. The Alpine, Calif., product had his best season a year ago, throwing for 3,830 yards and 28 TDs to lead the Mountain West in passing (294.6 ypg.) and total offense (292.2 ypg.). Lindley was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior and enters 2011 within striking distance of the school's all-time career passing record currently held by Todd Santos (11,425). - San Diego State football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, MWC, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Lindley returns for his fourth year as SDSU's starter and has already amassed 9,537 career passing yards and 67 touchdowns in 36 contests. The Alpine, Calif., product had his best season a year ago, throwing for 3,830 yards and 28 TDs to lead the Mountain West in passing (294.6 ypg.) and total offense (292.2 ypg.). Lindley was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior and enters 2011 within striking distance of the school's all-time career passing record, currently held by Todd Santos (11,425). - San Diego State football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Lindley, San Diego State, QB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Lindley returns for his fourth year as SDSU's starting signal caller and has already amassed 9,537 career passing yards and 67 touchdowns in 36 contests. The Alpine, Calif., product had his best season a year ago, throwing for 3,830 yards and 28 TDs to lead the Mountain West in passing (294.6 ypg.) and total offense (292.2 ypg.). Lindley was a second-team all-conference selection as a junior and enters 2011 within striking distance of the school's all-time career passing record currently held by Todd Santos (11,425). - San Diego State football

 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/185 - Ryan Lindley, QB, 6-3, 232, San Diego State...He's a four-year starter with good size and a strong arm. His weakness is accuracy, completing 55.48 percent of his career attempts. COULD SURPRISE: Quarterback Ryan Lindley: The San Diego State quarterback has a strong arm and good size (6-3, 230 pounds). He's a project so he won't contribute for a couple of years. But he's smart and has ability. If Kevin Kolb and John Skelton falter over the next few years, Lindley could get a shot. - The Sports Xchange

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