This is a simple test. We’ll go off of these guys official Combine measurements. Often on the team’s website, they’ll list these guys much bigger and heavier than they really are.
According to the non-biased measurements at the Combine, Risner came in at 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds. He also had 34-inch arms and 10 1/4 inch hands. Lindstrom’s numbers after the tape were, 6-foot-4, 304 pounds. His arms were slightly longer at 34 1/8 inches but his hands were smaller, at 9 1/2 inches. These guys are very close in size, but Risner gets the ever so slight edge.
Both of these guys show great upper body strength on tape. Risner engages his man and uses his powerful arms to stand him up. Lindstrom is very similar. Once he hits his man, it’s game over. You rarely see either one of these big boys get overpowered by a rusher or interior defensive lineman.
The easiest way to measure this stat is to look at each of these guys bench press results at the Combine. Risner put up 23 reps of 225 pounds. Lindstrom, on the other hand, put up 225 pounds 25 times. Obviously, these guys can bench again if they choose to at their individual Pro Days, but this was done on an equal and level playing field and has to be the deciding factor.