The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Pick: 14th Overall
Player: Chris Lindstrom
Draft by: Atlanta Falcons
I actually really like Chris Lindstrom as a player; I feel he’s excellent in the run game and pretty good as a pass blocker. He’s strong, agile and has good hand placement. In a vacuum, I think it’s a great pick and he’ll really boost the interior of Atlanta’s line.
However, when context is added, I like it a lot less.
14 is a bit rich for me. Garrett Bradbury aside, there wasn’t another interior lineman taken until the 2nd round when Green Bay took Elgton Jenkins at 44th overall. So I get the feeling that they could have waited and still got Lindstrom. Especially when you consider that Atlanta were willing to trade back into the first, which they did to take Kaleb McGary.
I feel like they could have taken a better player than McGary at 14, (Brian Burns would have been my choice and who I actually thought the Falcons were going to take when I was watching the draft) but then traded back into the late first to take Lindstrom. But that’s just me.
I get that they maybe had their eye on really beefing up their offensive line, hence why Burns was possibly not even considered but I just feel they could have cut this a different way and ended up with Lindstrom and a better player for their first round haul.
This is also a big reason why I wasn’t a huge fan of the Falcons draft as a whole.
Fantasy Football Impact:
If you’re a Devonta Freeman owner, or even a Matt Ryan owner and feel like you really like the Lindstrom and/or Kaleb McGary picks, then I guess you’ll feel better about Atlanta’s offensive line. I suppose that’s an impact.
I guess you could throw Ito Smith in there too but whatever… the only impact Lindstrom is going to have on fantasy is an indirect one on other Atlanta players.