Dudley native will head to Atlanta
By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
DUDLEY — Chris Lindstrom went from Carmignani Field at Shepherd Hill to Boston College’s Alumni Stadium, and now the offensive guard is heading to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons.
Lindstrom was selected by the Falcons with the 14th pick of the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night. While many of the top tier draft prospects were in Nashville, Tenn., for the Draft, Lindstrom opted to celebrate at home with family, friends, and former teammates. He received official notification while flanked by his parents, Christopher and Dawn Lindstrom.
Lindstrom graduated from Boston College in December with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and human development with a history dual major. He is a legacy in the football realm, as his father, also named Christopher, was a Hall of Fame lineman at Boston University and spent three seasons playing in the NFL. His Uncle Eric was a defensive end at Boston College from 1984-88, and Uncle David isa former defensive end who played eight seasons for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Lindstrom found himself as a starter for the Boston College Eagles early in his freshman season, appearing in 50 games in his collegiate career. This past season, he earned All-ACC First Team Honors and was named an Associated Press third-team All-American for the Eagles, who went 7-5 and took on Boise State in the First Responder Bowl in Dallas.
According to the nfl.com, the 6’4″ Lindstrom weighs in at 308 pounds with his arms measuring 34 1/8″ with 9 1/2″ hands. His draft stock appeared to rise a bit after the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds, had a vertical jump of 30.5 inches, a 117-inch broad jump, and ran a 4.54-second shuttle run.
Lindstrom is the first Boston College player to be drafted in the first round since Luke Kuechly was taken by the Carolina Panthers ninth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. With the Falcons, Lindstrom will be working to protect fellow Boston College graduate Matt Ryan.
The Citizen Chronicle’s Anya Grondalski contributed to this report.