Drafted: ROUND: 1 - Pick Number: 25 (BAL)
Draft Profile: BioLinderbaum was a multi-sport athlete in High School, Linderbaum excelled in the shot, discus, baseball, basketball, and wrestling.
On the football field he was a three-year letterman as both an offensive and defensive lineman and recorded 37 tackles as a senior, with three tackles for loss and two sacks. He also recorded 44 tackles as a junior, with 28 solos, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, and a fumble recovery. As a senior Linderbaum was named a U.S. Army All-American and to the All-Iowa Elite football team. He also earned first-team all-state and all-district honors as an offensive lineman as a junior and senior.
Linderbaum was originally recruited as three-star DT and opted to join Iowa. As a freshman in 2018, he played just 2 games on the DL.
He was tried at the offensive line in the offseason and was quickly given the starting role for the 2019 season where he played 864 snaps surrendering a single sack, 2 QB hits, and 6 QB hurries. He received an honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media as a result.
During the 2019 season, Iowa allowed 1.77 sacks per game, ranking 44th in the nation. A year later they allowed just 1.38 sacks and ranked 21st. Linderbaum was the leader of the offensive line as the run game improved from 137.6 yards per game in 2019 to 171.0 yards per game in 2020. His pass blocking stats improved as he played on 545 snaps surrendering no sacks, 2 QB hits, and a single QB hurry. Linderbaum was named as a finalist for the prestigious Rimington Trophy as a result.
In 2021 Linderbaum started 15 games playing on 908 snaps and gave up just a single sack, 2 QB hits, and 4 QB hurries. He was named the 2021 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and also won the Rimington Trophy as college football’s top center.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Quick out of his stance with the footwork to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers.
- Real technician with a great feel for the position
- Excellent in the run games - moves very well laterally and is dominant in the screen game
- Good natural athleticism, knee bend, and fluid lateral movement to mirror college defensive ends.
- Very mobile, at the line of scrimmage and climbing to the second level.
- Has fluid body control with loose hips. Physical and tough with good effort in the run game. Plays with a finishing attitude with an aggressive, nasty temperament.
- Fundamentally sound and understands blocking angles, using body positioning to his advantage. Disciplined awareness and good intelligence.
- A smooth athlete with terrific mobility and footwork, staying light on his feet. Has the lateral range, natural shuffle movements, and lower body quickness to mirror speed rushers.
- Wrestling background shows when moving opposing defenders, Linderbaum understands how to use his lower body to gain leverage.
- Is an elite pass protector - in three years and 33 games he has only given up 2 sacks
- Made Bruce Feldman's Freaks list at #10 -- "During his freshman year, Linderbaum set the Hawkeyes squat record for a center by doing 590 pounds. He’s also got elite feet. Word is, he’s run a 1.55 10-yard split and was timed at 4.22 in the shuttle — numbers that would rival a good running back"
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Stronger pass rushers can get under his pads and steer him aside.
- Finesse blocker with average arm length who doesn't use his hands well to win at the point of attack
- Not physically imposing and has average overall strength and a little small for the position. Upper body gets over his feet too often and he easily loses his balance
- May need to put on a little weight to dominate at the next level
- Loses leverage battles and plays with high pad level
- Can become over aggressive and overrun plays - must play a little less amped up
Scouting Report: SummaryLinderbaum currently is universally considered the top center in the 2022 NFL Draft class. He is an impressive technician who is highly skilled as both a run blocker and a pass protector as well as a natural leader on the field. The only thing holding him back from being a super-elite prospect as opposed to just an outstanding one is his lack of ideal size for the position - he's 6-3 290lbs.
We regard Linderbaum as high floor low ceiling kind of player and currently have him pegged as a mid-first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, who will likely slide in and be a day one starter in the pros.
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