The 20th first-round pick in BC history heads to the Atlanta Falcons
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom was selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft Thursday night by the Atlanta Falcons. Lindstrom becomes the 20th first-round pick in Boston College history and the first since Luke Kuechly went ninth overall to the Carolina Panthers in 2012.
Lindstrom is the ninth Boston College offensive linemen selected in the first round and the first since Anthony Castonzo went 22nd overall to the Indianapolis Colts in 2011.
Lindstrom is the first Boston College player drafted by the Falcons since Matt Ryan went third overall to Atlanta in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Since 2000, 14 of BC’s 39 draft picks have been offensive linemen. No other school nationally has had a higher percentage of their draft picks (36 percent) coming from the o-line than BC during that time period.
The nine first-round draft picks up front on the offensive line for Boston College lead all schools in the ACC. Pitt (6), Virginia (6), Virginia Tech (6) and Miami (5) round out the top five all-time in the conference in first-round offensive linemen.
“Chris is one of the most dominant offensive linemen I have coached in my career,” said Boston College head coach Steve Addazio. “He reminds me of the two Pouncey brothers (Mike and Maurkice) with his unbelievable work ethic, passion for football and his desire to really finish down the field. He has a toughness to him along with tremendous athleticism. He is a student of the game and will do just a phenomenal job with the Falcons.”
Lindstrom becomes the 15th player drafted during the Addazio era at Boston College and the first player to be selected in the first round. Lindstrom is the 214th player in Boston College history to be selected in the NFL or AFL Draft.
Lindstrom allowed zero sacks the entire season and just three hurries as one of the nation’s most dominant offensive linemen. He graded out as BC’s top offensive lineman on the season as he earned All-ACC honors for the second time in his career after being a second-team selection in 2017. Lindstrom was named an All-American by the AFCA (second team), The Athletic (second team) and the Associated Press (third team).
For his career, Lindstrom played in 50 games for the Eagles, including 47 consecutive starts to close out his career.
Boston College’s NFL Draft Picks Under Steve Addazio
Round 1, Pick 14, Chris Lindstrom, OL, Atlanta Falcons
Round 3, Pick 98, Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos
Round 7, Pick 232, Steven Daniels, LB, Washington Redskins
Round 6, Pick 190, Ian Silberman, OL, San Francisco 49ers
Round 7, Pick 208, Andy Galik, C, Tennessee Titans
Round 7, Pick 237, Brian Mihalik, DE, Philadelphia Eagles
Round 4, Pick 113, Andre Williams, RB, New York Giants
Round 4, Pick 132, Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Seattle Seahawks
Round 7, Pick 229, Nate Freese, K, Detroit Lions
Round 7, Pick 243, Kaleb Ramsey, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Boston College First-Round NFL Draft Picks
Player Year (Selection) Team
Chris Lindstrom, OL 2019 (14) Atlanta
Luke Kuechly, LB 2012 (9) Carolina
Anthony Castonzo, OT 2011 (22) Indianapolis
B.J. Raji, DT 2009 (9) Green Bay
Matt Ryan, QB 2008 (3) Atlanta
Gosder Cherilus, OT 2008 (17) Detroit
Mathias Kiwanuka, DE 2006 (32) New York Giants
William Green, RB 2002 (16) Cleveland
Marc Colombo, OT 2002 (29) Dallas
Chris Hovan, DT 2000 (25) Minnesota
Damien Woody, C 1999 (17) New England
Pete Kendall, OT 1996 (21) Seattle
Mike Mamula, OLB 1995 (7) Philadelphia
Joe Wolf, G 1989 (17) Phoenix
John Bosa, DE 1987 (16) Miami
Steve Schindler, G 1977 (18) Denver
Bill Thomas, RB 1972 (26) Dallas
Bob Hyland, G 1967 (9) Green Bay
Don Allard, QB 1959 (4) Washington
Mike Holovak, B 1943 (5) Los Angeles
#75 Chris Lindstrom
Offensive Line • 6-4 • 310 • Senior
Dudley, Mass. • Shepherd Hill Regional
2018 (SENIOR): All-ACC First Team … AFCA All-America Second Team selection … Associated Press All-America Third Team honoree … The Athletic Second Team All-America selection … did not allow a sack the entire season and just three pressures as BC’s top-graded offensive linemen … New England Football Writers All-New England Team… ACC Preseason Team… Athlon Sports Preseason All-American… Outland Trophy Watch List… moved to right guard for the season opener vs. UMass (9/1/18) and was on the field for 65 snaps… played in his 40th consecutive game as the starting right guard vs. Holy Cross (9/8/18) and totaled 50 snaps on offense… started at right guard at Wake Forest (9/13/18)… started at right guard at Purdue (9/22/18) for all 66 offensive snaps… played all 100 snaps and started at right guard vs. Temple (9/29/18)… started at right guard for all 52 snaps at No. 23 NC State (10/6/18)… named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after playing all 82 snaps against Louisville (10/13/18)… played at 83 offensive snaps, while starting at right guard vs. No. 25 Miami (10/26/18)… started at right guard for all 73 snaps at Virginia Tech (11/3/18)… started at right guard for 53 of 58 offensive snaps vs. Clemson (11/10/18)… played all 87 offensive snaps and started at right guard at Florida State (11/17/18)… started at right guard for all 71 snaps No. 19 Syracuse (11/24/18).
2017 (JUNIOR): All-ACC second-team honoree at tackle for the first time in his career … leads the team in career starts (36) and career games played (38) … BC’s highest-graded offensive linemen the entire season and led a productive unit that ranked second in the ACC – and tied for 13th nationally – with just 13 sacks allowed … key cog in a rushing offense that was 25th nationally, averaging 220.4 yards per game … started at right guard in the season opener and also played at right tackle at NIU (9/1/17) … played all 94 snaps against NIU and graded out as the team’s top lineman (80%) against the Huskies (9/1/17) … played 77 snaps in the Wake Forest game (9/9/17) … starter and played 84 snaps against Notre Dame (9/16/17) at right guard … graded out at 85 percent as the team’s best lineman in the win against Central Michigan (9/30/17) … played all 87 snaps at right tackle in the win at Louisville (10/14/17) as the offense registered season-highs in points (45), total offense (555) and rushing offense (364) … named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the first time in his career following the Louisville victory … started at right tackle in the UVA win (10/21/17) as the offense scored 40+ points in consecutive conference games for the first time in BC history … graded out over 90% as BC’s best lineman and played 81 snaps at right tackle in the 35-3 win over Florida State (10/27/17) … 75 snaps as the starter at right tackle against No. 23 NC State (11/11/17) … 63 snaps as the starter at right tackle as the offense rushed for 330 yards in the win over UConn (11/18/17) … 76 snaps at right tackle as BC totaled 581 yards of total offense, including 333 yards rushing, in the 42-14 win at Syracuse (11/25/17) … played all 70 offensive snaps at right tackle in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl versus Iowa (12/27/17).
2016 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 13 games at right guard … member of the offensive line that allowed the Eagles to rack up over 400 yards of total offense in back-to-back games against Wagner (490) and Buffalo (400), and over 300 yards five times … did not allow quarterback Patrick Towles to be sacked at Virginia Tech (Sept. 17) and against Wagner (Sept. 24), and allowed just one sack three times (vs. Georgia Tech, at Massachusetts, Syracuse) … helped BC to a season-high 300 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and 42 points against Wagner … blocked for three rushing TDs against Buffalo (Oct. 1).
2015 (FRESHMAN): Saw action in 12 games, starting in the final nine at right guard … was a member of the offensive line that helped back eight rushing touchdowns and 549 yards of offense against Howard (Sept. 12) … helped Boston College register more than 300 yards of total offense and more than 200 rushing yards five times … made first career start against Northern Illinois (Sept. 26) … did not allow a sack against Howard or at Duke (Oct. 3) … part of the Eagles’ unit that surrendered just one each to Northern Illinois, Wake Forest (Oct. 10) and at Syracuse (Nov. 28).
HIGH SCHOOL: Named to the 2014 Massachusetts Football Coaches All-State team … a two-time ESPN Boston All-State selection … earned ESPN Boston’s Lineman of the Year award as a senior … member of the offensive line that allowed the Rams to run for over 3,000 yards in junior and senior campaigns … as a senior, Shepherd Hill ran for 3,835 yards and 49 touchdowns en route to the 2014 MIAA Division 4 Central title … named Massachusetts Division 4 Co-Offensive Player of the Year and SWCL Player of the Year in junior season … also named to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Super Team … played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
PERSONAL: Christopher Paul Lindstrom … earned degrees in applied psychology & human development and history from the Lynch School of Education … recipient of the Cote Family Football Scholarship Fund II … Chris is the second oldest of Chris and Dawn Lindstrom’s six children … his father was a hall of fame lineman at Boston University and spent three seasons in the NFL … his uncle, Eric, played defensive end at The Heights (1984-88) … younger brother Alec is a sophomore on the Boston College offensive line.