2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Chris Lindstrom
Name: Chris Lindstrom
School: Boston College
Listed Height: 6’4
Listed Weight: 308
Strengths: Lindstrom has a stocky, high cut frame with 34 inch arms and substantial broadness in his mid section. He is an elite interior athlete who has the ankle flexion and hip fluidity to change directions and beat linebackers to the contact point. When attempting to execute short and long pulls, he takes a deliberate first step to ensure that he reaches his landmark consistently. As he reaches the contact point, his coordinated hat and hand placement ensures gap creation for the RB entry. He’s a smart, cerebral interior presence who can recognize and pick up sudden defensive stunts and late gap entries. His nimble lower half allows him to redirect and mirror interior rushers and not give up his inside or outside shoulder while doing so. He possesses the knee bend necessary to maintain a balanced posture in pass protection without constantly succumbing to overextension. When asked to block on the move, he’s relentless yet intentional in the attempt to attain advantageous positioning on his opposer. After his hands get knocked off track, he refits his hands early with discipline and tight elbows. He tested supremely well at the combine, and is known to be a leader on his team.
Weaknesses: He explodes off the snap often, however a lot of times he does not bring his hands with him which causes problems. It allows defenders to fire out and lock into his chest which can cause Lindstrom to be knocked back, and his forward momentum to be diminished. In the run game, movement isn’t generated in a consistent manner without double team help from his offensive line counterparts. His lower half needs to be thickened, and more functional power will make him more of a well rounded prospect. Lindstrom possesses subpar grip strength which equates to suspect sustainability of blocks that will not last throughout the duration of the play. If Lindstrom’s hands and feet worked in unison, a lot of his problems would be solved.
Overview and Insights: Lindstrom is a versatile, smart offensive line prospect who has above average athleticism and exceptional feet. He has tackle experience, and he brings intelligence and leadership qualities to the interior of the OL. However, technically he needs significant polish, and in order to reach his ceiling the segmentation in his game needs to diminish. With that being said, Chris Lindstrom can be a day 1 starter in the right system and succeed early.
Round Projection: Mid to late first
Ideal Fits: Vikings, Ravens, Titans
Pro Comparison: Kevin Zeitler
Scout: Nathan Papandrea