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