The 2019 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom has plenty of experience and will now get his shot in the NFL.
Position: Offensive Guard/Tackle
2018 stats: All-ACC First Team
Size: 6-foot-4, 308 pounds
After a successful career at Boston College, Chris Lindstrom looks to be one of the best interior linemen in the 2019 NFL Draft. Like most interior offensive linemen, he shouldn’t expect to be drafted very early, but there is still the potential that he could be a first-round pick.
Although he didn’t walk on campus as a starter, Lindstrom was able to crack the starting lineup in nine of the 12 games as a freshman. Following that, he never gave up his spot at right guard. As a junior, he was named to the All-ACC Second Team, while as a senior he made All-ACC First Team. During his time as an Eagle, he was able to help Boston College to a great rushing attack and three bowl appearances in his four seasons.
His play and experience have made him one of the best guards in this draft class and now he awaits when and where he will be drafted come April. Lindstrom should expect to go no later than day two of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Lindstrom is an experienced run blocker, who helped Boston College have a good rushing attack for most of the time he was on campus. He has good technique and has the necessary power to clear space for a running back. Lindstrom can also get to the second level if necessary to help the back get through for big gains.
His awareness and football intelligence is also shown well on tape. He understands leverage, pad level and what he needs to do to make the play work. Lindstrom also understands how to pass off a pass rusher to the tackle to make sure that the quarterback is protected.
He also has great hands, that are both powerful and have excellent timing. Lindstrom doesn’t have the greatest length, so fighting with his hands is even more important. He should be able to use his hands well at the NFL level as well.
Boston College didn’t throw the ball very often, so Lindstrom is not an experienced pass blocker. He did show some ability when he was asked to pass block, but he simply doesn’t have the reps that other prospects in this draft class have or of what will be required in the NFL.
Lindstrom isn’t the most athletic guard that will be in the draft class. He is mobile enough to be successful, but won’t blow anyone away with his ability to move. At the NFL level, he may lose some battles against defensive linemen and linebackers who are more athletic and mobile.
Another area that Lindstrom may face some adversity at the next level is when dealing with defensive linemen with length. He struggled in college with this because he doesn’t have great length himself. He’ll have to find ways to hold off linemen at the next level who have great length.