QB Ryan Lindley, San Diego State


Cardinals, 6th round. San Diego St.: Good size. Very good hand size.

Positives: Pro-style QB with spread experience. Willing to run when necessary, but only as a last resort. Nice anticipation on slant and timing patterns. Good overhand delivery. Throws nice spiral that is easy to catch. Excellent play fakes. Above-average arm strength and velocity. Invited to Shrine Game, but went to Senior Bowl as Ryan Tannehill’s injury replacement.

Negatives: Below-average accuracy. Suspect decisions and often throws into coverage. Below-average speed. Below-average change-of-direction skills and burst as a runner. Mostly immobile, though it looks like he’s improved since 2010. Doesn’t so much set up in pocket as stroll back there. Doesn’t look to roll away from pressure.

Projection: Liked him more in 2010 than in 2011, but still a solid prospect. Could see him have a Kyle Orton-like career, with QB2 potential, but his lack of accuracy will probably keep him from excelling in NFL. Lands in a nice situation on Cardinals, where he should compete with Skelton for the position of backup and then potentially start if/when Kolb is hurt, benched, or traded. Worth a late draft pick and long-term hold.

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