Boston College: Chris Lindstrom should be a first round pick in April’s draft

After an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and an impressive workout at the NFL Combine, Chris Lindstrom has elevated his stock to the point where he is now a first rounder.

Lindstrom was dominate in every facet of the evaluation the Senior Bowl. He was dominate in drills, inside run and team periods. He put it all together on game day and finished with a strong performance.

Fast forward to Friday and Lindstrom continued to impress with a strong combine workout. He did 25 on the bench. Lindstrom followed that up with a vertical jump of 30.5 and a broad jump of 117.0. He did the three cone drill in 7.61 seconds and ran the 20 yard shuttle in 4.54 seconds. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Lindstrom’s workout was his forty time. Lindstrom ran a 4.91. That is insane considering he is 6-4 308.

When evaluating the film and looking at the numbers, it all adds up to a first round pick. When the draft process first started, Lindstrom was projecting as a third rounder. He has since climbed up teams draft boards but despite a strong pre-draft process, many experts still only view him as a second round pick. Lindstrom is better than that. He should go higher.

It remains to be seen where Lindstrom ends up but if I were an NFL general manager, I would feel comfortable taking him in the 15 to 32 range of the first round. Lindstrom has proven he is good enough to go in that range.

Some experts will down grade Lindstrom because he is a guard. That is nonsense. In many ways, guards are just as important as tackles in today’s spread heavy NFL. You need versatile athletes who can move well in all four directions. Lindstrom can do that and play with power and technique at the point of attack in the run game.

The Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles could all use offensive line help. They are all picking in the 15-32 range. Lindstrom would be a great fit on any of those teams and he would start from day one. All it takes is one of them to recognize him as a first round draft choice and Lindstrom would come off the board.

A strong pro day coupled with what he’s already done should elevate Lindstrom into the first round. That is where he should go. His talent is first round caliber.

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