Before the critics start yapping about not taking an offensive lineman until later on in the draft, understand this: Ryan Poles will address offensive line in free agency as well. He’s a former offensive lineman and understands this is a priority.
It is only fitting, too, that the Boston College alum and former lineman would come in and select a center out of Boston College. Alec Lindstrom would be able to come in and compete for a spot up front right away, as the Bears’ offensive line could see some shuffling this offseason.
James Daniels is a free agent this year and Poles could choose to let him walk. After being one of the top available interior linemen in the draft four years ago, Daniels has had mixed reviews.
Lindstrom is a smart player who could potentially play center or guard at the pro level. For the Bears, finding guys to protect Fields is a priority. But, another huge priority has to be establishing the run — and that’s where Lindstrom succeeds the most. He’s a very technical blocker who uses high-level footwork and hand placement to win, over anything else.