Chris Lindstrom – OG (Boston College)
So while the Vikings passed on a guard in round one, they end up scoring a first-round talent with their second selection in 2019.
While Lindstrom won’t wow anyone with his athletic ability or his ability to overpower defenders, he is the type of player that just does everything well. He doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but he has the tools to be a very good guard in the NFL for years to come.
As a four-year starter at Boston College, Lindstrom played both guard and tackle, which helped show off his versatility. In the NFL, he will be looked at as a day one guard. As a bonus, Lindstrom offers the ability to move over to the tackle position in a pinch if needed.
When looking at Minnesota’s current situation along the offensive line, it’s tough to see him not starting as a rookie. Not only would he be starting, but he would be a big upgrade over what the Vikings put out there in 2018.
If Kirk Cousins and Minnesota’s running game are going to stand a chance moving forward, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that need bodies up front like Lindstrom.
The toughest part about the former Boston College blocker is projecting where he will end up going come draft day this year. Lindstrom could be the type of guy that ends up having solid workouts in the coming months results in him shooting up the draft board.
He has the talent to be a first round selection, but he has been projected anywhere from round one to round three.
Deep down, I’m hoping he doesn’t overly impress NFL scouts in hopes of the Vikings snatching the big guy in the second round. The former Boston College Eagle could prove to be one of the steals of the 2019 draft.