It was a bit weird to see him fall this far and into Round 4. But being able to grab Boston College offensive guard Chris Lindstrom would be a massive boost with great value to San Francisco.
Lindstrom, at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, was an absolute force for the North team in the 2018 Senior Bowl, which gave Kyle Shanahan a nice vantage point to observe from his South team’s sidelines.
That alone should have boosted Lindstrom’s stock level. For now, he’s in Round 4.
As The Draft Network pointed out in their profile on Lindstrom, Boston College uses a lot of play action, bootlegs and roll-outs — schemes not unlike what Shanahan operates at the pro level. As a result, Lindstrom’s movement skills have to be good (they are) in a zone-style blocking system.
Lindstrom can block on an island, is more than adequate in both run support and in pass protection, too.
It isn’t as if the 49ers are without a need at guard, either. Left guard Laken Tomlinson suffered a torn MCL in Week 17 last year, and right guard Mike Person is a pending free agent. Even if both return and are at 100 percent, Lindstrom could easily be a long-term upgrade over either player.