The Cardinals could use a talented offensive lineman to help avoid having a 50+ sack allowed for the third consecutive season. Chris Lindstrom, a pro-ready guard, can certainly that cause.
At 6-4, 308-lbs, with 34-1/8-inch arms, Lindstrom’s size and length is certainly not in question as a guard. Neither is his athleticism, as he tested well at the combine, particularly at the 40-yard-dash when he ran a 4.91, and 7.61-second three-cone-drill performance. He also put up a respectable 25 reps on the bench-press.
What’s most impressive about Lindstrom is that he has a game built to start day-one in the pros. He’s agile for his size and powerful at the point of attack, which should help him as a pulling guard in the NFL. He’s a mauler while run-blocking, and seems to have the finesse to do well in pass sets.
Lindstrom is an aggressive player and will win battles when moving up the field. He’s a hard player to move while anchored pass-protection, and will rarely be flat out beat. The Cardinals better hope that a team in the first-round falls in love with interior offensive linemen Garrett Bradbury or Elgton Jenkins, because Lindstrom can instantly fill one of their most significant team needs.