There are 17 days until the 2019 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 25. A little over two weeks away! We’re going to kill some time until then with our weekly Mock Draft Monday series. (You can also check out BGN’s latest mock draft roundup.)
SB Nation’s Dan Kadar had the Eagles taking a safety at No. 25 overall in last week’s edition. This time around, Kadar has the Eagles going with a dark horse pick that’s slowly been gaining some traction.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Lindstrom is the kind of plug-and-play prospect a playoff team like Philadelphia should be after in this draft. Don’t forget, it was just last month that Jason Kelce flirted with retirement before ultimately deciding to re-sign with the Eagles. If Philadelphia is concerned about that happening after this season, Lindstrom is at the least some insurance. Don’t put it past Lindstrom to push for a starting guard job, though.
(Kadar notably has the Eagles passing on Dexter Lawrence, Josh Jacobs, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, and Nasir Adderely.)
The Eagles have been showing interest in Lindstrom. Philadelphia offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland worked him out at Boston College’s pro day. The Eagles also invited him to the NovaCare Complex for an official pre-draft visit.
Drafting a guard in the first round isn’t the most optimal use of resources but Lindstrom isn’t just a guard. He played 11 games at right tackle as a junior and there’s thought he could move to center in the NFL. In other words, Lindstrom might be in the Isaac Seumalo mold where he can reasonably play every offensive line position.
If the Eagles drafted Lindstrom, he could potentially start at right guard early in the season until Brandon Brooks is ready to return from his Achilles injury. Once Brooks is back, Lindstorm would be relegated to the Stefen Wisniewski role as the top backup at guard or center.
The long-term plan for Lindstrom could involve him taking over as the starting center as soon as the 2020 season, assuming Kelce retires. Or maybe the Eagles think he has the ability to play right tackle with Lane Johnson moving over to the left side once Jason Peters finally calls it a career. Lindstorm’s versatility gives the Eagles options and there’s value in that.
Again, I don’t think a guard is the most likely first-round pick for the Eagles. But we all know Philly values investing in the trenches. And protecting Carson Wentz is paramount. So I can’t say it’s definitely not going to happen.
Scouting reporting via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Lindstrom is one of the most athletic interior lineman in the 2019 draft with a rare ability to match movement quickness with anyone across from him. His quickness can place him in position to make blocks on both the first and second levels and he has an impressive ability to cover lateral space and protect his gaps as a pass blocker. Lindstrom is scrappy at the point of attack but lacks the length, mass and strength some teams will want. His final destination could be as a guard/center in a zone scheme where he can become a long-time starter.
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