If there’s anything you can say about Trevard Lindley, it’s that he’s consistent.
The 5’11, 186 pound Lindley was a four-year starter for the Wildcats, and has all of the attributes to be a good cover corner in an NFL man-to-man scheme; that bodes well for the Eagles, who tend to leave their DBs on an island at times.
Lindley has great hands and is a sure tackler, even if he’s not a particularly hard hitter.
His biggest knocks are that he’s not overly strong—he only benched nine reps at the combine and can be easily out of a jump-ball situation by bigger or stronger receivers—and that he’s injury-prone.
Lindley missed four games last year due to a high-ankle sprain, and a shoulder injury suffered at the end of his junior year was a major catalyst in his return to Kentucky—even though he had received a second-round grade.
Those injuries hurt his 2010 stock a bit, and he was ranked as the No. 181 prospect (and No. 22 CB) by NFL Draft Scout’s big board.
That earned him a fifth- or sixth-round projection, but he goes to the Eagles very early in the fourth.
Some might see this as a bit of a reach, given that there were faster (IUP speedster Akwasi Owusu-Ansah), bigger (South Florida’s Jerome Murphy), and sexier (Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks) on the board.
But Lindley’s NFL comparison is Fred Smoot—which in “Smoot-ease” means that he’s either the first Trevard Lindley, next Fred Smoot, or next-next Deion Sanders.
No matter what you may tag Trevard Lindley, you can call definitely him a Philadelphia Eagle.