We are ten days away from the NFL Draft and the Green Bay Packers currently hold the 12th and 30th pick in the first round. After free agency, there are still a few spots to fill at certain positions on both sides of the ball. One of the main position needs for the Packers is the Offensive Line. This year’s draft is deep in this position and we will see quite a few off the board in the first round. One of the key players that would fit just right in Green Bay and would be vital for their 30th pick is Boston College Offensive Guard Chris Lindstrom.
Chris Lindstrom- Offensive Guard/Boston College
Although the Green Bay Packers did sign Billy Turner from the Denver Broncos, they still need more depth on that front line. From a guy like JC Tretter who the Packers let walk to the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay needs a lineman that can play any position on that offensive line and Chris Lindstrom is that guy. The 6”4 308 pound force is one of the most complete lineman in this draft. Lindstrom ran a 4.91 40 yard dash, the second fastest of any offensive lineman in this class. Even though his primary position is Guard because of his quickness, he is also capable of playing Tackle and has the athleticism to play anywhere on the interior line. His speed gives him an advantage to be explosive and fire off the ball. Lindstrom is very quick with his hands and has outstanding technique, allowing him to be explosive with his initial blocks. He also excels at responding to blitzes and reading guys off the edge, something Green Bay could use more of. The Packers struggle immensely with keeping guys healthy on the front line. Lindstrom would be a good addition to help build around their young core and add onto that top pass-blocking duo in David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, another trait that Chris Lindstrom excels at.
The majority of the negative aspects of Chris Lindstrom are minor and are easily fixable. His main issue is that he has a short arm span of only 34 1/8”, which could potentially be an issue for staying consistent with finishing key blocks. He also needs to stay patient and make sure he does not let his quickness get to him, meaning he needs to focus on his footwork and acquire the leverage he needs to finish his blocks. Because of his short arm span, he lacks the strength to push defenders out of his frame. If you watch his game against Clemson in 2018, there is no doubt that he was explosive and quick off the ball, but other defenders had an advantage over him and he struggled to extend guys out of his way. These negative traits might cause Chris Lindstrom to drop a bit in the draft, but they should not affect his stock by a whole lot.
NFL Comparison: Joel Bitonio
Many scouts compare Lindstrom to Joel Bitonio, Offensive Guard for the Cleveland Browns. Both players are very similar in size and the way they play. They are both tough blockers and outstanding pass protectors. Bitonio was a second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and Lindstrom could fall in that range as well, maybe even late first round.
The Green Bay Packers have two very important picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. If Chris Lindstrom is on the board at 30, The Packers should strongly consider him for building more depth around that offensive line. Lindstrom is projected to get drafted anywhere from the late first round to early second round, and he will surely not disappoint wherever he goes.