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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Korey Lindsey

| | College: Southern Illinois
 
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Overview

Every season NFL teams scour the Football Championship Subdivision for prospects, especially at cornerback and receiver, where a lot of success stories have occurred. One of the top cornerbacks from the FCS that teams will covet is Lindsey, a two-time All-American.

Lindsey's lack of size and elite speed allowed this Baton Rouge-area star to fall through the cracks, but he stood out as a true freshman reserve playing all 14 games for the Salukis (19 tackles, interceptions). He earned the first of three straight first-team All-Missouri Valley team selections in 2008 by making six interceptions and breaking up five other passes. In 2009, he got on the radar of scouts with his first All-American season with six more picks along with four pass break-ups and 63 tackles, 2.5 for loss.

The Buck Buchanan Award finalist (FCS Heisman) did not see much action to his side in 2010 but still managed 41 tackles, one interception and seven pass break-ups. He also returns punts (24-124 in 2009, 10-56 in 2010), which could be a nice bonus to the team looking to pick up this slight-but-tough corner in the mid-rounds as a potential starter in a zone system.

Analysis

Positives: Owns quick feet to mirror routes. Plays off the line, stays balanced and low as he retreats to quickly come forward. Doesn't get tested often, but flashes closing speed to throws in front of him. Handles double moves with nice recovery speed. Very good tackler after the catch. Generally effective cut tackler, both to attack runs and quick screens to his side of the field, as well as down the field to stop big plays from becoming touchdowns. Contains runs to his side and crashes inside when uncovered. Maintains distance from receiver blocks with long arms and tenacity. Good hands for the interception, can high-point the ball with excellent vertical. Some quickness and elusiveness on punt returns, generally makes good decisions. Durable player, played in all 50 possible career games.

Negatives: Slight lower body build. Needs to be more aware of underneath throws when in zone. Takes an extra step in transition and gives too much cushion, allowing completions. Sometimes misses on his cut tackles when he was in position to wrap up. May get overpowered by large receivers downfield and on running plays. Does not have elite speed or vision as a returner. Must prove he can make the transition from the FCS level.

--Chad Reuter

2010 Season

First Team All-America selection by the Associated Press, becoming just the third Saluki in program history to garner First Team All-America accolades in back-to-back seasons … Garnered Second Team All-America accolades from The Sports Network … Team captain … Buck Buchanan Award finalist … First-Team All-MVFC … Had 41 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one interception and one quarterback hurry … Tied for third in the MVFC with seven pass breakups … Had a season-high seven tackles at North Dakota State … Broke up a pass in the end zone on fourth down to secure SIU's 45-38 overtime victory over No. 21 Northern Iowa on Oct. 9 … Returned 10 punts for 56 yards with a long of 24.

2009 Season

Garnered first team All-America Accolades from the Associated Press and AFCA … Named to the College Sporting News "Fabulous 50" All-American Team … Second team Sports Network All-American … First team All-MVFC pick … Named The Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week and MVFC Defensive Player of the Week following his two-interception, 12-tackle (career-high) game against Youngstown State … Awarded the teams Most Valuable Defensive Back Award … His six interceptions tied for the second-most in the MVFC and the eighth-most in the nation while it tied for the sixth-most in a year in school history … Had 63 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss 0.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and four pass breakups on the year … Also had two interceptions against Southwest Baptist.

2008 Season

Third team Sports Network All-American … First team All-MVFC … His six interceptions were fifth-most in a season in school history … Had a pair of interceptions in the game against Western Illinois and the playoff game versus New Hampshire … Named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after the game versus WIU.

2007 Season

Registered 19 tackles and one interception in 14 games as a true freshman … Notched a season-high six tackles against Missouri State.

High School

Two-position starter at wide receiver and defensive back … Was a defensive force with 76 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, 17 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception returned for a touchdown in 2006 … Gained 1,117 all-purpose yards, averaging 27.6 yards on kickoff returns and 18.9 yards on punt returns … Earned All-District honors twice as a wide receiver and twice as a defensive back … Two-time All-Metro Baton Rouge first team (2005, 2006) … As a junior, he contributed 68 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 22 pass breakups (2005) … Hauled in 33 passes for 543 yards and seven touchdowns (2005) … Two-time first team 4A All-State (2005, 2006) … Also a member of the baseball and track and field teams.

Personal

Born Feb. 3, 1989 in Baton Rouge, La … .Son of Keith Woods and Lisa Lindsey … Pre-major.

 
Latest News
04/04/2011 - Southern Illinois Pro day: When it comes to Korey Lindsey, it's buyer beware for NFL teams. The Southern Illinois cornerback clearly has the talent to succeed at the next level, but back-to-back hamstring injuries have kept Lindsey from showcasing the talents that made him a first team All-American selection by The Associated Press his senior season. Lindsey was one of 11 players who took part in the Southern Illinois pro day on March 24. Representatives from 10 teams were in attendance, including Bears assistant defensive backs/safeties coach Gil Byrd. The event was held outdoors on FieldTurf. The 22-year-old pulled his right hamstring at Northwestern's pro day on March 8, and he did it again at his alma mater on March 24. Lindsey (5-foot-10 1/4, 194 pounds) posted a 4.33-second short shuttle, a 7.11 mark in the three-cone drill and did 10 reps in the bench press. Lindsey's hamstring issues leave NFL teams with less information than they have for other draft candidates. If healthy, he is a probable third-round pick, but it's now more likely he'll be available into the fifth round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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