Chris Lindstrom

Boston College

Prospect Info

College
Boston College
Hometown
Class
MA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
308 lbs
34 1/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.86
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Atlanta
Falcons
Round 1 ‧ Pick 14
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.91u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
117.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.61
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.54
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

The Lindstrom clan is entrenched in Boston College football. Chris Lindstrom Sr. is in the school's Hall of Fame after his career as a lineman. He also played in the NFL for three years. The younger Chris' uncle, Eric, played at BC, and his younger brother, Alex, is his teammate on the offensive line. Lindstrom stepped into the starting lineup at right guard for the final nine games of his true freshman season, playing in 12 contests. He started at right guard for all 13 games in 2016 before earning second-team All-ACC honors as a junior, splitting time between right guard (two starts) and right tackle (11 starts). He stuck at right guard for all 12 games in 2018, earning Associated Press third-team All-American and first-team All-ACC notice.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
Joel Bitonio
Overview
Lindstrom is one of the most athletic interior lineman in the 2019 draft with a rare ability to match movement quickness with anyone across from him. His quickness can place him in position to make blocks on both the first and second levels and he has an impressive ability to cover lateral space and protect his gaps as a pass blocker. Lindstrom is scrappy at the point of attack but lacks the length, mass and strength some teams will want. His final destination could be as a guard/center in a zone scheme where he can become a long-time starter.
Strengths
  • Starting experience at tackle and guard with athleticism and mental makeup for center
  • Comes from football family with trench play in their blood
  • Elite athletic ability and initial quickness
  • Will thrive as move blocker and in space
  • Has lateral speed to make reach blocks and second-level cut-offs
  • Loose and limber throughout lower half
  • Agility to bird-dog and connect on slippery second-level targets
  • Scrappy to ride the bull against power looking to toss him
  • Bends and stays in front of athletic sub-package rushers inside
  • Well-timed compact punch
  • Connects, slides and rides opponent to prevent pocket leak
  • Responsive to twists and blitzes
  • Pass sets with engaged core and good balance
Weaknesses
  • High-hipped and thin below the knees
  • Allows pads to elevate out of his stance
  • Inconsistent in finding proper leverage at point of attack
  • Tends to take the brunt of initial contact
  • Needs doubles and down blocks to generate movement
  • Short arms and lacks traits for consistent block finishes
  • Needs to make sure his quickness doesn't supercede control and patience
  • Will allow some pocket push against NFL big bodies
  • Lacks upper-body strength to press and extend defenders out of his frame
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league