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Lindley should be one of the top quarterbacks selected following a prolific career at San Diego State, where he finished as the Mountain West Conference's all-time leading passer with 12,690 yards. Lindley considered turning pro after his junior season, instead returning for a final year under coach Rocky Long, who stepped in when Brady Hoke left for Michigan after two years. Lindley, who will be 23 when the season starts, enters the draft as the school's record holder with 49 starts, 961 completions, 90 TDs and 12,415 yards of total offense. He's a terrific competitor and possesses all the smarts and leadership skills to compete on Sundays. Lindley's arm is also one of the strongest in the draft, but his touch on short-to-intermediate passes needs improvement. There are also major questions about the drop-back passer's accuracy after he completed just 55.5 percent of his passes in four seasons. Lindley finished 10 of 21 for 103 yards in the Senior Bowl, getting sacked once. He was sacked 48 times in college, and his struggles when pressured include him throwing off his back foot. Lindley had 47 career interceptions, but only a career-low eight his senior season. Lindley didn't have the most impressive workout at the NFL combine - running the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and recording a 29 1/2-inch vertical leap - but that likely won't impact his draft status as a middle-round selection.