Despite the Cincinnati Bengals being in the midst of a potential Super Bowl run, the scouting team and Duke Tobin will already have turned their attention to the NFL Draft in April.
One of the significant milestones along the way is the Shrine Bowl. It offers a chance for NFL personnel to get a close-up, hands-on look at this year’s most promising prospects.
This year in Las Vegas, there will be plenty of eyes on the contest and surrounding practices. Stars such as Trey Hendrickson boosted their stock with a solid performance at the Shrine Bowl. We will take a closer look at five guys looking to do the same this year.
Alec Lindstrom, Guard, Boston College
- Height – 6’0″
- Weight – 298
Pro teams love prospects with NFL bloodlines. Both Alec Lindstrom’s father and brother have played in the league. Brother Chris was the 14th overall pick in 2019, and while Alec’s stock is unlikely to get that high, he should be a solid prospect.
Part of that will be down to Alec’s size, as a sub-300-pound lineman will be less desirable to some teams. What Lindstrom lacks in size he makes up for in technical ability and athleticism. Lindstrom’s tape is full of examples of him pulling and making it to the second level.
Lindstrom has racked up over 2,500 snaps exclusively at center for the Eagles and, in that time, only conceded two sacks. His pass protection is his strong suit, and in both years he started, he was selected as an All-ACC player.
The shrine game should offer Lindstrom the chance to show he can hold up physically against larger defensive linemen. Pay careful attention to him in the run game and whether he can make holes from the center spot.
In terms of the Bengals, he would offer value as a day 2/3 pick. Trey Hopkins has had difficulties this season returning from injury, and his spot is not secure. They might consider shifting Hopkins back to guard if they did draft Lindstrom.