Monday, July 6, 2009

Player to Watch: Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky

Trevard Lindley is one of the best corners in college football. He is entering his final season at Kentucky and has had a standout career so far. NFL scouts will be looking for him to have another impressive season.

He has bulked up from last year and is walking around at about 180 pounds. Lindley is a tall corner at 6'0" and with the added weight and strength should be able to be even more effective.

Not only does Lindley have the tools to play at the next level, but he has polished tools, NFL scouts obviously look for raw talent all the time, but when a player comes a long with a polished skill set they get very excited.

Before we get ahead of ourselves we should remember that he does have one more year left at Kentucky. He will be the best defensive back that Kentucky has this season, let's dive into what Lindley can do this season to really impress those scouts.

With nine career interceptions Lindley has proven that he can find the ball. One of his best skills is his awareness, he is very savvy and usually finds himself in a position to make a play.

Lindley is a ball hawk, he led the SEC in passes defended per game. That is basically a fancy way of saying no defensive back in the SEC was around the ball more often on pass plays then Lindley.

Last season he broke up eleven passes and had four interceptions, one of which he returned to the house. Sure other corner backs had better numbers but sometimes stats can be misleading. If a team is scared to throw a corners way he will obviously accumulate less stats.

Corners are on an island more often then not, sometimes the best thing a corner can do is make sure that he locks down the opponents best wide out. If this is the case then neither player will record many statistics.

Lindley has been Kentucky's starting corner back since his freshman year, you hear analysts say all the time how a player has to mature, or has some work to do. Lindley is not one of those players, he will be leaving college with a lot of playing time and the accolades to back it up.

His added bulk should help him with press coverage and getting off blocks. NFL scouts love to see players add bulk as long as they do not lose any speed, or quickness in the process. Adding size will also help him contend with the bigger receivers in jump ball situations.

Lindley is not the fastest corner in the nation but he runs very well and has the instincts to make up for any missed reads. I think NFL scouts will be impressed with his ability to adapt to a system as his four years in college have helped him to learn the intricacies of the game.

Lindley is in a position this season to prove that he is a lock down corner, I think that Lindley has the talent to shut down any receiver in college, this being said he has to make it happen. He knows that he is one of the best corners in the country, now he has to go out on Saturday and execute.

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