WATCH: Why the Falcons won’t start Lindstrom this season

Emily Barkann

All of the hype in Atlanta is surrounding newly drafted guard, Chris Lindstrom. Only 22-years-old and fresh out of Boston College, Lindstrom is not ready for the NFL by any means. Obviously, there are players who are prepared to handle the pressure and high skill level of the league, but their last names are Mayfield or Wentz.

The first-team All-ACC athlete finished his senior season as one of the nation's best offensive lineman. He deserved his spot with the Falcons at number fourteen overall, but this certainly does not mean he is prepared to take on the role of a starting lineman. The Falcons finished the season at number two in the NFC South--that's great--what isn't great is that above them are the New Orleans Saints who have an incredible offensive line. Putting Lindstrom on the front lines this early is asking for trouble. Even though he is already over 300-pounds it is important that the Falcons put in the necessary time and energy to improve Lindstrom physically so he is prepared to take on heavy hits handed out from other teams throughout the season. Rookies need guidance and preparation--while some are able to quickly take on and adjust to the lifestyle of an NFL athlete, most will need some time to find their bearings.

While the general consensus is that Lindstrom is likely to start, it seems that once the end of the summer rolls around, it is going to become clear that he will probably take a seat on the sidelines for the time being.

Comments (7)
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Bb3684
Bb3684

If you don't think that their pick at #14 will start... you shouldn't be covering the Falcons

Nolefalcon
Nolefalcon

It’s pretty obvious that all rookies need guidance and preparation to adjust to the NFL game, but you never told us WHY he isn’t ready to start. It just seems like you wrote this without any thought, or facts, with just your opinion as a...blogger?

Dblev23
Dblev23

You've lost your mind. Atleast have some detail in your thoughts. You gave us no reasoning for your thoughts. Everyone else seems to say he's a plug n play starter. Not sure where you get your evaluations from.

smms198
smms198

It's definitely too early to tell as the kid was just drafted last week, but what is the indication from the Falcons that they won't start him? Probably best to let OTA, training camp, preseason, etc play out before this gets any clarity

Kahotep
Kahotep

I don't see why he wouldn't at some point. Both he and McGary have over 40 plus college starts apiece. They were two of the most experienced linemen in the draft.

MikeSF
MikeSF

I don't think they took him at 14 to let him ride the bench

ChiefASAP
ChiefASAP

I honestly think you're trolling us. When you use vague words like "From what I've heard and the vibe" without going into any further detail, you're more than likely full of it. Get some journalistic integrity and start making legitimate articles. Thanks


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