"I was thinking about it (going to the NFL) almost every day and having little dreams about it. But I knew coming back to get bigger and more physical would help me and increase my draft stock for next year. It was tempting to do it. I guess there is always next year and I wanted to play here another year," he said. Plus, there is the pride factor. While some players would be giddy with a second-round projection, it actually disappointed Lindley, who was bothered by some minor injuries the final half of last season.
"I was kind of surprised by where they (NFL evaluators) had me going. They had me going second or third round. I thought it would be higher. I want to try and be the No. 1 or No. 2 cornerback coming out next year," Lindley said. "They said getting bigger was pretty much what it was I needed to improve on and that I would have to get more physical. I thought I was somewhat physical already. I will come up and hit. I won't kill you, but I can make a tackle. I am a little slow on getting bigger, but I am getting there. I have the frame that can carry more weight and not hurt my speed. I want to weigh 190 or 195 going into next year, so I have been lifting and eating a lot."
Brooks was prepared to see Lindley go to the NFL. However, he welcomed him back with open arms and won't even try to downplay the significance of his decision to UK's hopes for this season.
"I was surprised he came back because he had a very, very high evaluation, and I really advised him that it probably would be a good thing to go because it's hard to turn down that kind of situation and money, but he elected to come back," the Kentucky coach said. "Obviously, it is huge for our program because there's not many guys in the country, let alone in our league, that can go out and put them on an island and cover people one-on-one as well as he does and make the big-time plays — the interceptions, the key break-ups and fumble recoveries."