Chris Lindstrom – OG, Boston College
One of my favorite players in this class, Boston College’s guard Chris Lindstrom is pro-ready and finished his 2018 season with a Pro Football Focus rating of 75.6. He also ranks second PFF‘s pass blocking efficiency at 99.5 and 21st in run blocking success rate 91.8%. With a massive total of 3369 snaps over his career, he’s allowed just 7.0 sacks, two quarterback hits, and 45 hurries.
Although Boston College is a run first team, Lindstrom showed excellent anchoring ability and great mirroring skills. Combining his quick feet and 6-foot-4, 308-pound frame, and Lindstrom should have no problem in a pass-heavy/ spread offense. He also combines an excellent punch in pass sets to set the tone off the snap with a stable base to rarely lose 1v1 battles in pass protection.
Lindstrom is also very effective as a run-blocker as he shows outstanding pad level and easily pushes defenders out of his gaps. He always seems to find the proper leverage points at the point of attack and even when he is beat, he quickly resets and drives the defender to the wayside. Although he needs to work on his second level assignments as he can be off balance due to his quick bursts but he should be a good mauler in the NFL overtime.
Final verdict: Lindstrom will be a late first or second round pick. He’s already on the Cardinals radar as they’ve met, and although he wouldn’t be the flashiest pick, his experience and potential would be a pro for a Cardinals line that desperately needs it.