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Lindstrom Counting on Competitive, Name

By Dave Singleton
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Dave Holcomb takes a look at Boston College center Alec Lindstrom.

There probably weren’t too many NFL fans who saw Alec Lindstrom play with Boston College over the last few years. But the name, “Lindstrom” may still sound familiar.

Lindstrom’s older brother, Chris, was a first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in 2019. Alec’s father, Chris Lindstrom Sr. and uncle, Dave Lindstrom, also played in the NFL.

It’s now Alec’s turn to carve out a role in the league. If that happens, it will be his competitive drive and grittiness leading the way.

While “Lindstrom” has been a name in NFL circles for awhile, it’s probably most popular in Boston. Chris played with Alec at Boston College, and Chris Sr. starred at Boston University.

Alec was pretty good himself. He became a three-year starter with the Eagles despite 247Sports ranking him a 2-star prospect out of high school.

Boston College writer Mitchell Wolfe of Sports Illustrated reports when Alec arrived at Chestnut Hill, he weighed only 240 pounds. He had to redshirt during his first season just to put on weight.

Lindstrom now weighs 296 pounds, and he gets every bit of nastiness out of that frame. For the next level, he might need to put on even more weight but his physicality could still take him a long way.

“While he isn’t the most physically dominant blocker, it’s easy to like his temperament and competitive toughness,” wrote draft analyst Joe Marino of The Draft Network. “It’s clear that he has a finisher’s mentality and wants to find those leverage points and put opponents on their back.

“He always looks to find work and competes through the whistle.”

Thanks in large part to that competitiveness, Lindstrom became just the fifth player in Boston College history to make First-Team All-ACC twice.

The question for the next level, though, is whether Lindstrom has enough other traits to succeed.

NFL analyst Lance Zierlein of NFL.com seems to have his doubts. Although Zierlein called Linstrom, “a gritty, competitive center,” he questioned whether he had the strength and quickness for the NFL.

“Lindstrom has a good feel for landmarks but doesn’t play with enough bend or lateral quickness to consistently get to where he needs to go,” Zierlein wrote. “He will turn base blocks into wrestling matches but needs to play with more accurate hands to help improve his win percentage.”

Zierlein projected the Boston College center to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round.

The draft scouts at ESPN placed a similar projection on Lindstrom. The ESPN big board has the Boston College center ranked at No. 226 overall, which places Lindstrom as an early seventh-round selection.

Other than his questionable strength and quickness, Lindstrom doesn’t appear to have the ability to play any position but center. That lack of versatility may hurt his draft stock most.

“He doesn’t offer much in the way of versatility, and he’s likely a center only in a zone blocking run scheme,” Marino wrote. “Lindstrom has the makings of a classic overachiever, but ideally, he would check more boxes.”

Even if Lindstrom falls on Day 3 and doesn’t get drafted, he will land in a training camp. His college resume, work ethic and family name will be too respected when teams start digging through undrafted free agents for Lindstrom to not be given an opportunity this summer.

But for late-round offensive linemen, versatility is one of the most important traits to possess. Backup offensive linemen need to be able to play multiple positions or specialize on the outside at tackle.

The likelihood an NFL team dedicates a roster spot to a player that will only serve as a backup center is low.

Still, Lindstrom has been counted out before as a 2-star prospect. It would be unwise to assume he absolutely doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the NFL.

Dave Singleton - A graduate of the University of Missouri, Singleton has followed national college football intensely since 2000. He has written for E-sports and Bleacher Report before starting his own site, Pigskin Punditry, in 2009. He writes a national column for Southern Pigskin.