With the No. 14 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Chris Lindstrom, guard out of Boston College. Somewhat compact guard prospect with tackle feet who can fire multiple punches with good pop but isn’t necessarily heavy-handed. Strengths of his game are his awareness to find work, stunt recognition and his light, always moving feet. Could stand to get a stronger anchor and add more weight but projects to a starting role at guard early in his career.
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Pete Prisco: I like the pick. When Matt Ryan is not protected from the interior, he has real problems. They got a guy that’s going to be a fixture on the interior there for a long time. I think Lindstrom is a feisty guy. Good solid pick by the Falcons.
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Dave Richard: I thought the Falcons did a good job addressing the offensive line already this offseason, so the pick of Chris Lindstrom is a surprise. He’s a NFL-ready guard who should be a little bit better in pass protection than run blocking. He also has an 80-inch wingspan, so maybe there’s some dark-horse potential to play tackle, but he should slide in at left guard. It’s not a draft pick that moves the Fantasy needle, but it sure doesn’t hurt any of the Falcons players we like.
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Chris Trapasso: Lindstrom is a guard with tackle feet. I’ve written that often about the Boston College star because that’s the first thing I think about when evaluating him. The move to guard in his senior season worked wonders for his draft stock, and he crushed the combine workouts. Like Bitonio — who played tackle at Nevada — Lindstrom is equally as impactful in the pass game as he is road-grading for the run.