Tiger Lineman Has Hopes To Be Called On Draft Day

Auburn, Ala.--For <A HREF=[PlayerNode:1410606]>Danny Lindsey</A>, the 2005 National Football League Draft later this month will have a different type of suspense than for some of his teammates.

Long after tailbacks Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams are selected in the first round on day one, long after cornerback Carlos Rogers comes off the draft board early and well after quarterback Jason Campbell is chosen, the waiting will become more intense for the Auburn offensive lineman.

"There are quite a few teams talking to my agent," says Lindsey, who projects as a sixth to seventh round selection or possibly a free agent. "I am just going to wait it out and see what happens," he says. "It would be great to be drafted, but if not I will try to make a team as a free agent."

Danny Lindsey bench presses for the NFL scouts on pro day in Auburn.

Lindsey, a second team All-SEC guard as selected by the conference's coaches his senior year, started 37 consecutive games for the Tigers and a total of 39 as a key player for all four seasons of his collegiate career.

The fact that Lindsey can also play center will help the lineman with the pros, Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville notes. "I think that is a real positive for him," the coach says. "I am sure Danny will get a chance to show he can play in the NFL."

At a pro day workout session on the Auburn campus two days after the A-Day spring football game, more than 100 NFL scouts and executives were on the AU practice fields checking out Auburn's seniors as they participated in a series of drills. Auburn is expected to have at least three players in the first round of the draft, which is scheduled for April 23-24 in New York City.

Danny Lindsey runs a 40-yard dash for the scouts.

"I think it went well," Lindsey says. "It was a situation where you just come out and give your all, trying to be the best you can be that day.

"The pro day was about what I expected," Lindsey adds. "I have been out there the past couple of years and watched the older guys do it so there were no surprises. It was what I trained for."

For players like Lindsey, who did not get an invitation to the National Football League's combine in Indianapolis, the on-campus workout was a great opportunity to show scouts from every NFL team what he can do.

The lineman says he felt like he did well in some of the drills, particularly the three-cone shuttle, a skill that directly relates to play on the offensive line. Carrying 310 pounds, a bit more than he played at as a college senior, Lindsey says the extra size has not been a problem. "I have been working out well and running good at that weight so I was ready for pro day," he notes. "It is a little different running with a 100 scouts at the finish line watching what you are doing. Overall, I thought it was a good day for me and a good day for Auburn. All of the guys did well."

Lindsey says he tried to go into the testing with a calm approach and adds that he believes he succeeded in that respect. "You can't go out and get too stressed about it," he says. "You just have to do your best and that is all you can ask yourself to do. You are out there running drills, some that are related to football and some that are not. In the end I believe the deciding factor on whether or not you are drafted is how you look to the pros on your game film."


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