Lindstrom Could Start at LG Right Away

Big Board Breakdowns Lindstrom Could Start at LG Right Away

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A look at another potential target for the Ravens in the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

— Height: 6’4

— Weight: 305 lbs

— Age: 21 (Turns 22 on Feb. 28)

— Games Watched: Miami (2018), Florida State (2018), UMass (2018), Notre Dame (2017), Clemson (2017) and Virginia Tech (2017)

— Scouting Report: Lindstrom has been a mover and shaker on Boston College’s offensive line. He moved back and forward between right guard and right tackle over his four seasons at the ACC school. Lindstrom projects as an OG in the NFL, but does provide some flexibility to be kicked out to RT in a pinch.

Run Blocking

The big standout from watching Lindstrom is his versatility. He has enough strength and drive to win 1-on-1 drive blocks, but also has the athleticism to get out in space. The next thing you will notice is how he fires off the ball. His explosiveness, paired with great technique (low out of his stance with good posture) projects very well in a scheme like Greg Roman’s that will use a variety of powers and traps. He is unbelievably consistent in his run blocking. He may not maul his guy, but he wins the block on a very high percentage of plays using strong technique and a good understanding of steering his guy to open a hole.

Pass Blocking

BC was a run heavy offense and when they did pass there was a lot of play-action, so it isn’t the easiest trait to evaluate. However, from what can be seen, Lindstrom has a solid anchor and, again, very good technique to absorb his man. He has good posture and uses his feet to maintain his balance. Solid combination of athleticism to mirror in pass protection and strength to withstand bull rushes. On the inside, he should be able to handle most iDL pass rushers.

[Related: Big Board Breakdown – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma]

Power

His strength progression from his 2017 tape to his 2018 tape was very noticeable. In 2018 he was rarely beat in 1-on-1 situations. It appears he got a lot stronger in that offseason and paired that with his strong technique. While he gets good push in the run game, it is mostly from his explosiveness off the block, paired with that technique to engage his assignment early. He does look to drive his guy, but he maintains his technique through the block. Wouldn’t classify Lindstrom as a mauler.

Hands and Footwork

Lindstrom isn’t a very long player, but he appears to understand this and focuses on his strike placement to mask his lack of length. Much like his power, he uses quick hands and quick feet to his advantage. For example, if his hands are knocked in a pass rep, he fires his hands back to maintain his control.

Feet are very quick in both the run and pass game and shows a good understanding of maintaining his base through the rep.

Football IQ

Lindstrom is a true student of the game. His technique speaks volumes to this trait. Pre-snap he reads the defense well and post-snap he reacts well to different looks from the front 7. During the senior bowl he showed a great understanding of where the ball was going. For example, he would seal his defender away from the play to win the block.

Scheme Fit for the Ravens

Lindstrom would be an ideal LG in Baltimore’s scheme. His explosiveness and quick feet will make him a +puller in Roman’s power runs and he possesses the anchor in the pass game to hold his own. He would be an absolute upgrade and could be an ideal trade back target.

Conclusion

Lindstrom is one of the most consistent prospects at their position in this draft. He has a very high floor and should be an immediate starter who can provide solid play in any scheme. He will need to continue developing his strength to get to a high ceiling, but I don’t think it’s a reach to predict that.

If you want a day one starter who can come in and start 16 games a year for many years, Lindstrom is your guy.

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Cole Jackson has been an avid follower of the Baltimore Ravens for over a decade. Born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, Cole’s love for the Ravens was born and bred in following the playing style of Ray Lewis, which he tried to emulate in his own football career, (ultimately failing to do so). Cole graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Criminology before becoming a Policy Analyst with the federal government. Cole’s football career now involves being a columnist for RSR, yelling at others who are beating him in Madden and being a regular on the RSR forum where he is known as GreatWhiteNorthRaven. Cole has a knack for the team-building aspects of the Ravens, which includes player scouting, free agency and the draft. More from Cole Jackson
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