The Boston College football team had four players drafted in last weekend’s 2019 NFL draft, including Chris Lindstrom going 14th overall to the Atlanta Falcons. Lindstrom is the 20th BC alum to ever be drafted in the first round and the first since Luke Kuechly went 9th to the Panthers in 2012. Here are breakdowns for each of the four players and their respective teams.
Chris Lindstrom-14th pick, 1st round-Atlanta Falcons
Lindstrom is just another of many offensive linemen to be taken out of BC, the 14th big man up front since 2000. A two-time All-ACC player, Lindstrom allowed 0 sacks, and only three hurries all of last season in one of the most effective seasons from an offensive lineman in recent college football history. Notably, Lindstrom will be protecting another BC grad, Matt Ryan, the Falcons’ quarterback.
Zach Allen-1st pick, 3rd round-Arizona Cardinals
Zach Allen had an absolutely fantastic senior season and was rewarded by being drafted to the worst team in the NFL last season. The second-team all-ACC defensive end totaled 61 total tackles and seven sacks last season, good enough for 10th in the ACC. Known for his relentless motor and high football IQ, Allen will be a huge addition to the Cardinals, who ranked 26th last season in total team defense.
Just starting Chris Lindstrom. He's at right guard here. The linebacker sprints into him as he's coming off a block with no momentum. He barely moves😐 pic.twitter.com/qBsOMy4AJS
— Cian (@Cianaf) May 5, 2019
Will Harris-18th pick, 3rd round-Detroit Lions
Will Harris was one of the most underrated defensive backs in the ACC last season, and thus slipped from some early mock drafts that projected him to be drafted as high as the late second round. A third team All-ACC talent, Harris ran a 4.41 40 yard dash, fourth best amongst safeties in the draft. Harris also totaled 75 tackles and an interception while starting all 12 games for the Eagles in his senior year. The Lions were a top-10 passing defense last season, so Harris will likely see little playing time in the secondary, but some good minutes at special teams due to his speed and tackling ability.
Tommy Sweeney-14th pick, 7th round-Buffalo Bills
Sweeney was one of Anthony Brown’s most reliable targets in the 2018-19 season and led the ACC in receptions among tight ends. The first team All-ACC player hauled in 32 receptions for 348 yards and three touchdowns. After being drafted, Sweeney became the first BC tight end to be selected in the NFL draft since 2004. Buffalo was second-to-last in receiving yards per game last season, so Sweeney will be a safety net for a young quarterback like Josh Allen.
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