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2019 NFL Draft Profiles: Offensive Guard Chris Lindstrom

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Could he be the next first round pick for the Eagles?

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Chris comes from a strong family of football players, with his father playing for Boston University (yes they had a football team once), and his uncle played for the Eagles in the mid 80’s. Playing for Shepherd Hill in Massachusetts, Lindstrom pledged to BC quickly, committing in March of 2014. A 3* offensive guard, he only held offers from BC and Old Dominion, meaning a lot of good programs really missed out on easily the most dynamic guard in that current class.

Lindstrom entered BC in 2015, and with 3 games was the starting right guard after an injury to Harris Williams gave him that opportunity. He started the remaining nine games of that dreaded 2015 season, and has been starting ever since playing some tackle along with his more consistent role as right guard. During his junior year he was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after BC ran for 364 yards on the road against Louisville (an honor he would earn again in 2018 against the Cardinals, and during his senior season he earned All-ACC First Team Honors.

Scouting Report

There is good reason why NFL scouts have been really high on Chris Lindstrom going into this NFL Draft. As mentioned above, he has 3+ years of experience as a starter, and can rotate between tackle/guard, and even probably play some center if needed. That versatility is going to be a big asset for him going into the draft. He is lightning quick, and agile, something that a lot of teams that focus on zone blocking schemes are going to be very high on. He is extremely physical, which matched with his agility can allow him to finish blocks and quickly move ahead with the play and add additional hits. In space Lindstrom is dynamic, and there haven’t been many 1-1 match ups he hasn’t been able to handle. During his senior season, the player he blocked did not sack the quarterback once.

There are a few concerns that teams have about Lindstrom. His quickness may prevent him from letting plays unfold in front of him, and his physicality may wear him down at the next level as he takes the brunt of many of the hits. That being said, these are all small spots for improvement, and probably something a good offensive line coach can fix at the next level.

Combine Results:

40 Yard Dash: 4.91
Bench Press: 25 Reps
Vertical Jump: 30.5

DRAFT OUTLOOK

Mock drafts are all over the place for Lindstrom, and the first night should be worth watching. I’ve seen him in mocks go as high as the teens in the first round, but I’ve also seen him fall into the second round. Some teams that are big on zone blocking could include the Minnesota Vikings (19), Chiefs (29) 49ers (36).

Highlights