Kentucky CB Lindley Selected By Eagles at No. 105
By Lance Epstein
Over the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft, Eagles fans were getting restless as the Eagles kept passing on cornerbacks even though it was a major need for the team. Finally, in the fourth-round with the No. 105 pick in the draft the Eagles selected Kentucky corner back Trevard Lindley.
Heading into the 2009 season, Lindley was projected as a first-round prospect, but he struggled to stay on the field due to an ankle injury. His durability is only one of the reasons that the former Wildcat slipped into the fourth-round. However, towards the end of the season Lindley recovered from his high-ankle sprain and played his best football.
Lindley, (5-11, 183) will need to add some bulk to his frame so that he can be better in run support. Still, he possesses great athleticism and when healthy was an elite defender on a bad team. He had some high honors as he made All-SEC conference and second-team All-American in 2008. In fact he was Lindy's College Football Preview Magazine (one of the major magazines covering college football team) No. 1 corner heading into the 2009 college football season.
One of the reasons that he was considered by Lindy's ranked as the top-rated corner was because he was very athletic, has long arms and good speed. Furthermore, his junior season was great as he recorded four interceptions and 38 tackles. His college coach encouraged him to actually leave early since he was a guaranteed first round pick. Lindley decided to return for his senior season to get his college diploma. In addition, he has excellent instincts in both coverage and in run support.
Another reasons he was highly thought of was that he played against the best competition in the county in the SEC conference and played against the opponents No. 1 wide receiver. He also demonstrates solid technique and never seems to be out of position, which is the reason he holds a SEC-record with 43 passes break ups in only 48 career starts.
This is a potential steal for the Eagles. If Lindley can put on some muscle and become a tad bit more physical, he could be a real steal this late. Remember just a season ago, Lindley would have been a first round pick, so the talent is there. In the fourth-round he can be groomed to eventually replace Ellis Hobbs as the team's starting corner.