Risner has started 13 games at center in college, and 37 at right tackle. That gives him 50 career starts, which equals a ton of experience. Lindstrom started nine games as a freshman guard, he started 13 more at guard his sophomore year and 11 more at tackle as a junior. He moved back to guard last season and started 12 games.
Both of these guys are extremely experienced and while it can be argued that Lindstrom faced better pass rushers in the ACC, Risner does have more starts.
Risner is a good pass protector but his footwork is far from textbook. He relies on quickness, positioning, and power to stop would be pass rushers. He has fared well against top competition like Montez Sweat but his technique will need fine-tuning at the NFL level.
Lindstrom, on the other hand, is more technically sound. He keeps his butt low, feet chopping, and uses his overall strength to ward off defenders. They didn’t pass the ball a ton during his time at Boston College but there are really no concerns with his overall pass protection.
Both of these guys are maulers. They are quick off the ball and relentlessly attack their man. They both show the speed to get to the next level and make key blocks down the field and can also turn with great fluidity and lead the play outside.
As stated before, you rarely see either of these guys get overpowered and they just hold their own and battle until the whistle. It’s hard to pick a winner in this battle as they both are very good run blockers.
Dalton Risner wins this head to head matchup 4-3-1. These guys are both going to be plug and play starters and have long NFL careers. Risner is just a little more versatile, experienced, slightly bigger, and is going to do wonders for the community he becomes a part of.
Lindstrom may be a touch faster, stronger, and more technically sound, but he didn’t win those categories by much, and maybe Risner just had an off day at the Combine.
It’s really splitting hairs between these two guys and the Minnesota Vikings couldn’t go wrong with either one and if there was a way they could have them both that should be just fine with the Purple faithful.
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