Buffalo Bills Pick 89: Alec Lindstrom, C Boston College
Measurables: 6-3, 296lbs
By far the most challenging selection of the draft, the third round had what seemed like very few feasible options for Buffalo. Most of the players available that I believe would have fit the Bills and make sense for the team were either drafted earlier in the third or projected to be available at Buffalo’s fourth-round pick.
So we picked for the future. Alec Lindstrom is strictly a center, so he would not offer much for the Buffalo Bills in 2022, considering Mitch Morse has that spot locked down. However, Morse is coming up on the last year of his deal, and Buffalo will need to replace the veteran. While Lindstrom is not quite a perfect fit with Buffalo and does have some flaws in the run game, he would have a year to work on those with Bills’ new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.
However, in the theme of protecting Josh Allen, Lindstrom is a fantastic pass blocker. He limits the strength to help push in the run game, but he uses his leverage and outstanding balance to stall defensive lineman when pass protecting.
Additionally, when not one-on-one, Lindstrom is fantastic at helping his linemates with their blocks. Lindstrom also has a tremendous football IQ and was often involved in making decisions at the line of scrimmage for Boston College. Although he lacks some strength and push in the run game, his athleticism allows him to quickly get to the second level and block in open space on the screen game.
Lindstrom has upside, but it would not really show unless Mitch Morse got hurt in 2022. After this season, Lindstrom could be the long-term answer at center for Buffalo. This would give the Buffalo Bills three offensive line starters for the 2023 and 2024 seasons that would all be on rookie contracts.