2017 NFL Draft

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Trevard Lindley

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 183 | College: Kentucky
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Lindley became a model of consistency at Kentucky, establishing himself as one of the best cover corners in the Southeastern Conference.

He had 39 career starts entering his senior campaign. Lindley considered leaving school early for the NFL and was even encouraged to do so by head coach Rich Brooks. Lindley received a mid-second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee.

After banging up his shoulder against East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl, however, Lindley elected to rehabilitate the injury properly rather than rush it to prepare for NFL workouts.

But Lindley went down with an ankle injury early in the 2009 season. After missing four games, Lindley battled back and played his best football late in the season. Though not recognized by the media on even the honorable mention all-conference team, SEC coaches knew the impact he had on the field (32 tackles, nine passes broken up, one INT), and awarded him first-team all-conference accolades.

Lindley's lack of size and durability concerns the past two seasons will scare off some teams. And despite his SEC-record 43 passes broken up in 48 career starts, a poor performance at the Senior Bowl and average straight-line speed will likely push him out of the top 100 selections.


Read & React: Not afraid to gamble. Anticipates routes and can read the quarterback to get a jump on passes.

Man Coverage: Pure cover corner with the height, reach, straight-line speed and agility to play in a man-to-man scheme in the NFL. Has a low, fast backpedal and a smooth turn. Needs to improve jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. Quick-footed and balanced and can transition smoothly left or right to mirror routes. Good quickness, but lacks elite straight-line speed. Doesn't possess the late burst to recover. Can be "boxed out" in jump-ball situations due to his lack of bulk and core strength.

Zone Coverage: Good recognition in zone coverage. Disciplined defender who reads the action and breaks on the ball quickly. Reliable open-field tackler, though he isn't an intimidator.

Closing/Recovery: Quick, active hands to disrupt the receiver as he attempts to secure the pass. Flashes the hands to snatch passes out of the air for the interception, but drops some he should catch. Can be a ballhawk, but lacks elusiveness and strength as a runner once he has the ball in his hands.

Run Support: Efficient open-field tackler, but isn't going to intimidate anyone with his hitting ability or his willingness to take on blocks.

Tackling: Thinner and not as strong as scouts would prefer. A bit of a cut-and-swipe tackler who would rather not get involved in run support. Quick hands capable of punching out the ball as he corrals the runner.

Intangibles: Elected to return for his senior season but struggled with a high ankle sprain throughout the year and his stock dropped after receiving a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee in 2009. Could improve his work ethic in the weight room, as his greatest need for improvement -- adding strength -- was an issue throughout his time at UK. Voted 2008 team MVP. Graduated in May of 2009 with a degree in art and was working on a second major in family studies. Involved with several charitable organizations throughout his career and was voted Kentucky's representative for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, which recognized players for their contributions both on and off the field.

NFL Comparison: Fred Smoot, Washington Redskins

Career Notes

Went through the National Football League evaluation process but chose to return to Kentucky for his senior season in 2009 … The nation's No. 1 cornerback as selected in Lindy's College Football preseason magazine … Blessed with excellent quickness and anticipation … Has started every game of his collegiate career, 39 consecutive … Has led the team in pass breakups all three seasons and also led the team in interceptions in back-to-back years … Six of his nine career interceptions have been key plays in Wildcat victories, with another pick helping send a game into overtime (see bottom of this bio for list of game-changing plays) … Also does a very good job in run support … Career totals feature 158 tackles and nine interceptions … Holds Kentucky's career record for pass breakups with 34 … . Talented artist who has completed his bachelor's degree in art studio … Will work toward a second major in family studies this fall.

2009 Season

Lindley, a senior from Hiram, Ga., had one interception and led the team with nine pass breakups, even though he missed four games because of injury in 2009. He would have ranked third in the league in total passes defended per game if he had played enough games to qualify. He ranks fourth in SEC history in pass breakups.

2008 Season

Second-team All-America by two selectors (see above for complete list) … Consensus first-team All-SEC honoree … Was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back … UK?Most Valuable Player for 2008 as elected by his teammates … With 11 pass breakups and four interceptions, he led the SEC and ranked in the top 20 nationally in total passes defended per game … Returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown against South Carolina … Had 39 tackles, including a season-high seven in the win at Mississippi State … Interception against Louisville helped set up UK's first offensive touchdown of the season when he returned it 24 yards to Louisville's two-yard line … Has tallied 11 or more pass breakups in each of his three seasons.

2007 Season

Chosen third-team Sophomore All-America by College- FootballNews.com … Led the team in interceptions (three) and pass breakups (11) and was second in tackles (66) … Scored his first collegiate touchdown when he scooped up a fumble and raced 66 yards at Arkansas … Picked off Brian Brohm's first pass attempt of the game and returned it 33 yards, setting up a UK touchdown in the win over Louisville … Enjoyed another outstanding effort against LSU -- recorded seven tackles; snatched an interception that set up the game-tying field goal; added two pass breakups … Made a spectacular play to open the South Carolina game as he poked the ball away from the runner just before he crossed the goal line … Had a tremendous game at Vanderbilt, helping keep All-SEC receiver Earl Bennett in check and logging six tackles on the night … Tallied a career-high eight stops, an interception and two pass break-ups in an outstanding performance in the loss to Tennessee … Had a career-best three pass breakups and caused a fumble in theMusic City Bowl win over Florida State.

2006 Season

First-team Freshman All-America as chosen by Rivals.com, the Football Writers Association of America, and The Sporting News … Coaches selected him as the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player for 2006 … Fourth in the SEC in pass breakups with 12 … Named to the "All-Bowl Team" by Rivals.com for his performance in the win over Clemson; made an outstanding one-handed interception in the end zone, recovered a Tiger fumble, and played excellent pass coverage … Made game-clinching interception to seal upset victory over Georgia; also tipped a Bulldog pass that was intercepted by Roger Williams and had a career-high seven tackles in that game … Named SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance … Started all 13 games.

2005 Season

Entered UK in January 2005 as a "grayshirt" … Originally signed with UK in Feb. 2004, he delayed enrollment to help rehabilitate an injury … Redshirted the 2005 season.

Injury Report

2004: Delayed enrolling at UK to rehabilitate an undisclosed injury.

2009: Opted to return for his senior season so he could rehabilitate a shoulder injury suffered in the Liberty Bowl.

2009: Missed four games with an ankle injury.

High School

Three-year starter at cornerback and a two-year regular at running back at Hiram (Ga.) HS … Missed most of his senior season because of a dislocated kneecap, but showed plenty to catch the eyes of college coaches … Played only three games, but posted some gaudy numbers during that time … Made three interceptions and had 22 tackles … Rushed 10 times for 109 yards, a phenomenal 10.9-yard average, and two touchdowns … Caught two passes for 63 yards and a TD … Returned two kickoffs for 96 yards, including one return for a TD … The injury healed fully, as returned to the basketball and track teams … Ran for approximately 960 yards as a junior, scoring eight touchdowns … Made three interceptions and returned a kickoff for a TD … The No. 38 prospect in Georgia, according to SuperPrep magazine … Coached by Lynn Rowe … "Trevard is very fast, yet he runs so smoothly that he makes it look effortless," Coach Rowe said. "He has a very unassuming personality and he does everything so naturally that you don't realize how much he's done until you look at the stats after the game." … Three-year letterman in basketball … Although just six feet tall, his athletic ability enabled him to play a post position … Helped his team advance to the state tournament his junior year … Four-year letterman in track, competing in the triple jump, 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 4x100-meter relay … Won the regional meet in the 200 as a junior and competed in the state meet in the 100 and 200 … Honor roll student … Chose Kentucky over North Carolina and Southern Mississippi.


Name is pronounced "tre-VARD" … Born in Litha Springs, Ga. … Son of Terry Lindley, Sr. and Stephanie Lindley … His brother, Terry, plays football at Tennessee-Chattanooga … Major is art studio. Helped work a youth football clinic (2005).


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