Round 2: Boston College G Chris Lindstrom
6-4, 303 – Senior

Previous Pick: Wisconsin G Michael Deiter
After selecting Boston College defensive end Zach Allen with their first of two second-round picks – thanks to trading down with Jacksonville in the first round – Tampa Bay uses its own second-rounder to draft another Eagles star, guard Chris Lindstrom.

The Bucs have yet to find a guard that can play opposite Ali Marpet ever since Logan Mankins retired following his 2015 Pro Bowl season. Kevin Pamphile wasn’t the answer, and neither was J.R. Sweezy, who was often injured. Caleb Benenoch was moved to right guard last year and struggled mightily, resembling a matador in pass protection. Rookie Alex Cappa, a third-round pick, didn’t play much better and was limited in his snaps because of the challenges he faced moving from left tackle at Humboldt State to right guard in the NFL.

New Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians and offensive line coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert can’t afford to wait to see if either Benenoch or Cappa can develop, especially during Jameis Winston’s critical fifth-year option season in 2019. The Bucs need a rock solid guard to beef up the interior pass protection that will allow Winston to throw from the pocket, in addition to effectively block in the running game.

Lindstrom was invited to the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl and was the best guard in Mobile, Ala., demonstrating a great, powerful base in pass protection and real pop and strength in the running game.

“It was worth questioning how Lindstrom would adapt to playing outside of BC’s run-heavy scheme, but after this week, there should be no more questions. Lindstrom easily held his own against any defensive tackles that came at him in pass protection, and in the run game he looked very impressive moving forward and erasing linebackers. Lindstrom looks like an immediate starter for the team that drafts him.”

The first-team All-ACC pick played in 50 games at Boston College, starting the final 47 of his career. Lindstrom played guard as a freshman, sophomore and senior, but spent part of his junior season playing right tackle. Lindstrom was the Eagles’ highest-graded offensive lineman in each of the last two seasons and had the fortune of going up against Allen, who was his roommate at Boston College, in practice every day to help sharpen his skills for the NFL level.

Boston College allowed just 13 sacks during his junior season, which ranked second in the ACC and 13th nationally, while the Eagles’ ground game ranked 25th nationally, averaging 220.4 yards per game. Running back A.J. Dillon rushed for 1,589 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman, but injuries limited him to 1,108 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.

Here is some film of Lindstrom (75) squaring off against Miami defensive tackle and NFL Draft prospect Gerald Willis III and helping Dillon rush for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Hurricanes. Lindstrom is adept at pulling and can also make plays at the second level in the run game against linebackers and on screen passes.

Lindstrom is a finisher in the run game, and brings intelligence, maturity and a passion for the game of football to the table. He was a great teammate at Boston College and has a playing style that is similar to that of Marpet’s. Who better to line up opposite of Marpet on Tampa Bay’s offensive line than Lindstrom?

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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Nobody
Nobody
3 years ago

If we draft Devin White with all of the other defensive talent that is going to be on the board (good chance of Polite, who may have the highest ceiling in the draft, Greedy Williams, Oliver) all on the board… Man oh man. And where is the evidence that he can cover? That position plays bracket coverage on RBs when the play Man and that’s only when the aren’t playing Matchup Quarters and when this position isn’t blitzing (which it is a LOT). They don’t play a lot of C2 or C3 Zone. So how do we know we aren’t… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

Jachai Polite reminds me of Gaines Adams. Nuff said.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMwNZksPvNQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quaBywgZEBs&t=23s

I do like Oliver. He sheds blocks like no one else. Reminds me of Aaron Donald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8wtF9zN4-M

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

Jachai Polite reminds me of Gaines Adams. Nuff said.

I love Ed Oliver. He is my favorite player in the top of the draft. He sheds blocks better than anyone coming out this year. Guy is like Aaron Donald Part 2 IMO.

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Polite reminds you of Gaines Adams?

That might be the most unfitting comparison I could possibly imagine.

Do you mean outside of the elite acceleration/get-off, the unique ability to bend the edge (only 3 players in this draft can Dip and Benc the edge at full-go; Allen, Polite, and Burns), the crazy lateral mobility/agility/body control, the violence and tenaciousness…

And the fact that Adams was 6’6” with crazy length…

Outside of those differences, they’re basically the same prospect?

That is an apples to neutron stars comparison.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Nobody
3 years ago

I respect your strong opinion of the player. Its clear you really admire his ability. I tried attaching highlight video comparing the styles. It is “awaiting moderation” and will likely never make it to the boards. That said, if the Bucs end up taking the player, I hope you are right and I am wrong.

GrayBalls
GrayBalls
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

Oliver is my favorite player in this draft, too

seat26
seat26
3 years ago

Love this draft.

skyrider
skyrider
3 years ago

This draft, in my opinion is loaded in a lot of positions of need for the Bucs…they just gotta pick the right fit for this team.

Casey Morgan
Casey Morgan
3 years ago

There is 0% chance the Bucs take a LB first round. At least 2 of the 3 injured you mentioned will be back. We have other bigger needs like O Line & Corner…

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  Casey Morgan
3 years ago

I hope you’re correct, that both Alexander and Beckwith will both be back and in full form this September. However, in the event that Alexander’s rehab is NOT going as well as predicted, the White pick makes all the sense in the world. The other reasons to draft White, in my opinion, is for best player available at that pick and White may be an upgrade from Alexander. I like both Williams and Oliver in the first round, and I wouldn’t be disappointed in the least if the Bucs drafted either of those guys, but guys like White don’t come… Read more »

n341
n341
Reply to  EricNV
3 years ago

Beckwith will not be back. His injury was most likely career ending,

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  n341
3 years ago

Based on Licht’s comments yesterday, I agree. I really wish it weren’t the case because I really liked Beckwith’s rookie season, but it is what it is.

DT25
DT25
3 years ago

I like this one better than 1.0 That said, not sure I take a QB in the 4th round…even though we do need a backup, that seems a bit early for one. I’d prefer we add another CB earlier than the 7th round, too. And I still think taking a LB in the 1st isn’t necessary with our other needs, but with a trade back it’s a little more palateable. 2nd round is pretty good though, I like Allen and Lindstrom as potential targets at that point (probably would prefer Oruwariye and Lindstrom…with a DL in the 1st like Oliver,… Read more »

DT25
DT25
Reply to  DT25
3 years ago

All of that said, this draft shows that if Quinnen, Bosa, or Allen are all taken before pick 5, trading down is probably the best route we can take. If we can address the OL, DL, and either CB or LB all in the top 2 rounds, that would be huge for this team.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

8.5 career sacks in college for your top 10 pick? No thanks!! Much better talent at T, CB, DT for the Bucs to pick.

If it’s not Bosa or Allen, I’m not taking a DE, 3-4 OLB in the top 10.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  Bucsfan1983
3 years ago

Allen was one of his 2nd round picks. Devin White was the top 10 pick (after a trade back).

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  DT25
3 years ago

I’m talking about Josh Allen from Kentucky

surferdudes
3 years ago

I guess PR thinks the Bucs will pay Smith a kings ransom, and believe Dotson has another year left in him? Both players were a weak link on an offensive line that under performed last year, thinking they’ll be better this year could get Jameis killed. If they’re going to pay a LT franchise money, go after the Pats FA LT instead of Smith. The Pats have their other LT coming back, and rarely pay players, so I’d target him. Otherwise draft a LT with the first pick, and pick up a proven LB like CJ Mosely from the Ravens.… Read more »

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

You want 2 or more rookies to start on the OL in September again? How’d that work out for us last time? The Bucs may not be in a position to do anything else but pay Smith franchise tag money. IMO, starting one new rookie on the OL is fine, but not two especially considering Arians is in a “reload” frame of mind, not a “rebuild”.

Dman
Dman
3 years ago

Like the trade down to add a pick. O Line, D Line are our weak links, with an honorable mention to the D backfield.

I love Devin White, but we need to start with the O line, focus on the trenches. Drafting a RB is just dumb. And leaving CB to our last 7th round pick is even worse.

C’mon Scott.

scox17
scox17
3 years ago

Yes, this draft is MUCH better than 1.0. But it’s still concerning that we don’t address the secondary until late. Are you assuming we add some veterans in FA? I think regardless we have to draft secondary at some point in this upcoming draft.

Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

No RT and just a 7th rd at CB and yet we are taking a backup QB at rd 4? I would freaking riot. I also dont know about taking a DT in round 3. I would rather try to restructure McCoy or bring in depth in FA.

Otherwise this is a decent draft. Take best RT or CB in rd 3 and maybe DT in rd 4 if necessary

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

You think McCoy is willing to take $4-$5 million just to stay in Tampa and pray that Arians is as good as advertised? I just don’t see it but it’d be great for us if he did.

thegeebo
thegeebo
3 years ago

This draft works for me (depending on what we do in FA). However, if we bring back Kwon (which I don’t think we should do) or are able to sign Jordan Hicks or CJ Mosley (which I think we SHOULD do), then go for BPA at 5 which will likely be a game wrecking DL. If they do decide to trade down to 7, they may still be able to get Gary or Oliver, which would be huge. If they trade down further, perhaps Sweat. I think DL has to be the priority in the first round.

10Baraa
10Baraa
3 years ago

Love this mock! Khalen Saunders and Chris Lindstrom would be absolutely incredible selections!

macabee
macabee
3 years ago

Bucs Mock Draft – V2 Draft Strategy – Trade Down I will look to trade down in this scrum of teams trying to get the best QB. There is no team before the Bucs that need a QB and to trade up before the Bucs will cost a premium. In this mock, we will trade down with the Jags at #7 to get Dwayne Haskins. To trade into the top 5 for only a 3rd round pick is not enough with the demand from 4 other QB needy teams between 6 and 15. Throw the trade values chart out of… Read more »

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

This looks much better than Scott’s mock. Still not a fan of White with our FRP. However I do like the Oruwayrie and Powers picks. I could live with the Willis and Omenihu picks. Renfroe is basically Adam Humphries, and I think Hump will be re-signed. We needy a speedy WR, a true deep threat to replace MeJax, so I would be looking for faster than Renfrow/Humphries/Justin Watson type.

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

What do you think out solution for RT and LT will be Mac?

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

You don’t want to here my answer. Trust me! Lol. This is going to be a whole PR article all to itself. Gonna be a lot of disappointed Buc fans. I will use BA’s own words from a recent Sirius XM interview!

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

I think most people know how I feel about smith..I’m sure he’s going to come back which ofcourse I don’t feel too good about, but if Arians sees him as good then I guess I’ll support it too..

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

BucRY, Listen at this podcast starting at minute 3:25. It will shed some light. I will try to find the Arians interview for you.

https://www.pewterreport.com/bucs-pewter-nation-podcast-episode-106-the-reclamation-project/

BucRy
BucRy
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Thank you Mac, you’re always a life saver.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

DT25 must have heard the same interview! Lol.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  BucRy
3 years ago

I’ll give you my opinion. Re-sign Donovan(not at LT $), move to RT.

Trade down, get more picks. Take Andre Dillard in round 1, there is your franchise blind side protector for Winston for 10 years.

Grab a Guard like Powers end of rd2/rd 3.

DT25
DT25
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

I like this one better as well. And to answer BucRy’s question, we’d likely franchise Donovan to push the need back a year, and Dotson would remain the starter at RT (which is all but certain to happen this year anyways).

BucD
BucD
3 years ago

We’re going to use a top 5/10 pick on a big inside linebacker who moves quick FOR HIS SIZE? Who hasn’t shown much ability to cover and thus is a bit of a question mark? In the ridiculously pass-happy stage that the NFL currently is in? I just do not get the hype surrounding Devin White. I mean, even the highlight reel posted with the pick was lackluster. I get that there will be some uncertainty in how Beckwith will look after being out all of last year, and that Kwon may or may not be back, but taking a… Read more »

EricNV
EricNV
Reply to  BucD
3 years ago

The only thing lackluster in White’s video is all of the celebration scenes from the first 60-90 seconds.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
Reply to  EricNV
3 years ago

8.5 career sacks in 3 seasons for a pass rushing 3-4 OLB, is pretty low.

For comparison sake, Von Miller had 33.5 sacks in 3 seasons in college.

So yeah I’m not taking White at 5 or in top 10, like you would with Miller, who was picked 2nd overall.

Countrybrew
Countrybrew
3 years ago

Love the picks! I think I like RB Devin Singltary better but still all great pics.

Kimba
Kimba
3 years ago

I really like every one of these picks except the qb–get him later if possible–really good article, love the idea to trade down and still get Devin White–wow also a fan of Khalen Saunders

jmarti2
jmarti2
3 years ago

love this mock draft!!! even tho white is a beast its not a position need. If we gonna turn this around we need to start with the o line. protect your Qb!! so ill say draft jonah williams TACKLE first round . with that second round pick for sure take chris lindstrom GUARD . With these 2 we get consistent play and smart play no penalties . focus the defense with the remaining draft and free agency . look at the colts they solidify the o line with the draft last year and they went to the playoffs :)

drdneast
drdneast
3 years ago

McCoy just isn’t worth $13 million, more like the $8 million Curry was paid this year and he under performed for his money.
Whatever the case, other teams see the same film as the Bucs do and no one is likely to over pay a 31 yo DT.
McCoy might take less money to go on a team projected to go to the playoffs, but getting there is never a guarantee unless it’s the Patriots and the team also has to need a DT at the same time.

Gruden4President
Gruden4President
3 years ago

Didnt even bother reading the mock after seeing the 1st pick.

76Buc
76Buc
3 years ago

“including defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who primarily runs a 3-4 scheme, but will adapt his defense to fit the talent on the roster.”
That is exactly what Mike Smith said upon being hired. Let’s hold him to it this time PR.

owlykat
owlykat
3 years ago

I know BA doesn’t like Rookie LTs but once he sees Liedtke’s film on his first try as a LT and outplaying Turnstyle Smith in two Preseason Games with no holding penalties and no sacks, he is smart enough, if his excellent OT Coach can’t develop a 1st round OT quick enough, to realize he can trust Liedtke there til the rookie develops. Paying D. Smith Franchise Pay takes too much valuable cap space and putting D. Smith back at LT will cost BA the turnaround he wants and may injure Jameis again without a proven backup! That is just… Read more »

hamilton
hamilton
3 years ago

like moving down for more picks,thats about it.