Name: Chris Lindstrom
School: Boston College
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 308
40-yard dash: 4.91 seconds
Bench: 25 reps
Vertical: 30.5 inches
Broad: 117.0 inches
3-cone: 7.61 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.54 seconds
How he fits: Lindstrom started 47 of the 50 games he played at Boston College with the majority of those coming at right guard. He also saw action as a junior at right tackle in 2017. He was an All-ACC performer as both a guard and a tackle the last two seasons. He told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine back in February that he’s also learning how to snap at center in his pre-draft preparations. NFL teams will like the versatility that may give them on gamedays.
The Lions released T.J. Lang this offseason and the veteran announced his retirement soon after. His release leaves the starting right guard spot in Detroit up for grabs. Kenny Wiggins, who started 10 games there in place of the injured Lang last season, is under contract for the 2019 season. So is Joe Dahl, who is entering his fourth season as a backup interior lineman. The Lions also signed veteran Oday Aboushi in free agency. Aboushi has 32 NFL starts.
Still, the Lions could look to the draft to add a young player to that mix and really foster some good competition for the starting right guard spot.
Key observations: According to Pro Football Focus, Lindstrom allowed just seven sacks over 1,413 pass-block reps.
Lindstrom is an athletic big man. His 40-yard dash of 4.91 seconds was good enough for second fastest among draft-eligible offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
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What they had to say about him: “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.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL Analyst
How he stacks up: The Athletic’s Dane Brugler puts Lindstrom at No. 42 on his list of the top 100 players in the draft. He’s the third best interior line prospect on Brugler’s list behind Garrett Bradbury (NC State) and Erik McCoy (Texas A&M).
Lindstrom is No. 24 on the Scouts Inc. listing of all the draft eligible prospects. They’ve given him a 90 grade, which falls into their “rare prospect” category.
What he had to say: “It made me a better guard because of the experience being out in space,” Lindstrom said of moving out to play right tackle as a junior.
“When I came back inside everything slowed down a little bit after playing on the outside. I am just trying to be as versatile as I can be to help a team. Trying to play guard, center and tackle, and I just happen to have the most reps at guard.”