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Can Ryan Lindley be more successful in the NFL than the last Brady Hoke quarterback prospect?
Ryan Lindley has been a standout for San Diego State for the past four seasons. His numbers are very impressive across the board with 10,822 passing yards and 79 touchdowns. It hasn't been all smooth sailing for the Aztec star, as he has thrown 43 interceptions in that time.
Lindley stands out to the pro scouts because he has a strong arm, good poise in the pocket, the necessary intangibles and above-average accuracy. When you add in the fact he has decent mechanics and the fact that he possesses enough athleticism to not be a statue in the pocket, he looks even better. Another positive is that through six games this year he has thrown 12 touchdowns to only four interceptions.
Lindley's major flaws are that he's below average at reading defenses, along with the fact he takes the bulk of his snaps from the shotgun instead of under center. Another thing that could work against him is that he looked good in part because he was playing in former coach Brady Hoke's offense, and the last quarterback to do so—former Ball State quarterback Nate Davis—hasn't found NFL success.
I think that Lindley has the makings of a career backup on the NFL level. Similar to Davis, Lindley does have some skills that will keep him around as a second- or third-string guy, but he lacks the ability to succeed as a starter in the NFL.