Lindstrom got extensive work with the starters during Atlanta's OTA session Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
The rookie right guard heads into minicamp with high expectations after being selected No. 14 overall in April's draft, and he's already garnering praise from one of the NFL's most-respected offensive linemen of the past decade. Alex Mack said Thursday that he enjoys going to work every day alongside Lindstrom, and that the 23-year-old is "smart, eager to learn and humble." Lindstrom was by far the most polished lineman last year for a Boston College front five that ranked among the nation's 50 best teams in terms of both rushing yards per game (48th) and sacked allowed per game (47th).
Lindstrom signed a four-year deal with the Falcons on Thursday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
The No. 14 overall pick in April's draft signed an injury agreement to participate in Falcons rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday, but now his tenure with the franchise truly gets underway. As the last of Atlanta's seven draft choices to agree to terms with the team, Lindstrom projects to have the biggest impact among the group during 2019. Outside of Alex Mack, the interior of the offensive line was in shambles last year, with Brandon Fusco (ankle) landing on injured reserve in late October, and Andy Levitre (triceps) suffering decisive setbacks in his comeback bid from a torn triceps the season prior. Widely regarded as the first- or second-ranked guard prospect in the 2019 class, Lindstrom aims to have his spot in the starting rotation locked down for the next decade.
Lindstrom is set to participate in Falcons rookie minicamp Friday and Saturday despite not yet having signed a contract with the team, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Contract talks between Lindstrom and the team have been amicable all along, but the No. 14 overall pick remains Atlanta's only unsigned rookie. Lindstrom is expected to sign an injury agreement to suit up Friday and Saturday for rookie minicamp, setting a positive tone for his tenure as a leader for the Falcons offensive line. One of the most polished guard prospects in this year's class, Lindstrom's assimilation into the starting lineup will help improve an Atlanta ground attack that ranked bottom-10 in both rushing touchdowns (11) and rushing yards per game (98.3) during 2018.
The Falcons selected Lindstrom in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 14th overall.
The Boston College product is the first true interior lineman off the board. Lindstrom was a four-year player in college who played 36 games at right guard and 11 games at right tackle, so he has the versatility to fill either spot if need be. He sports quick feet and sufficient athleticism to stick at the next level and his football I.Q. has been lauded. Look for Lindstrom to start at guard for the Falcons in 2019.