Atlanta Falcons fans voiced their displeasure after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the team had selected guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College. Maybe, Falcons faithful should have actually given the pick a little bit of time.
Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breen said that several teams with selections around the Atlanta Falcons 14th slot, were highly interested in him as a draft pick. “New Falcons G Chris Lindstrom was in play at 11, 14 and 18 (Vikings). Crushed the pre-draft process. Very clean prospect. Teams loved him.”
What does this mean? As Blogging Dirty stated a couple weeks ago, Chris Lindstrom is going to have a long and successful career in a Falcons uniform and while he was not a sexy pick, he most certainly is the correct pick.
Everyone with the gift of sight know’s the offensive line is Atlanta’s achilles heel. So why the problem with going out and drafting the guard that was the number one rated guard on many teams draft board? Seems like we should be lauding Thomas Dimitroff for the draft pick instead of asking him to be fired.
While early returns were not high on the Falcons picks, given time, this draft class will go down as a successful one and will mirror the success that 2016 has had. Solidifying the offensive line was the most important picks that Thomas Dimitroff could have made. Whether you believe the window is open or the window is closing, they had to get better up front.
With all the free agents the Falcons have brought in or resigned on the defensive line, Ra’Shede Hageman, Chris Odom, Tyeler Davison, Adrian Clayborn and Steven Means, everyone should have realized that they were going to shore up Matt Ryan’s first line of protection.
It may not amount to anything, but the fact that Lindstrom was that highly regarded should at least calm the fears of those that believe the Falcons made the wrong pick.