TDN Staff: Senior Bowl IOL Superlatives

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With the 2019 Reese's Senior Bowl less than two weeks away, the TDN staff is hard at work studying tape for the upcoming event. As a result, we're able to compile our annual (we did it last year at NDT) Senior Bowl Superlatives pieces on every position group.

Today, we dive into the interior offensive line class, with each evaluator offering their take on which linemen is their top guy coming into the week, who has the most to prove and who is the sleeper out of the group.

Here's the squad:

Dru Samia, Oklahoma

Ben Powers, Oklahoma

Ross Pierschbacher, Alabama

Michael Deiter, Wisconsin

Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State

Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State

Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

B.J. Autry, Jacksonville State

Nate Davis, Charlotte

Javon Patterson, Ole Miss

Other Senior Bowl Positional Superlatives


Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Tackles


Top Prospect: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom is an early starter with pro-ready technique and a physical mentality in the run game. He's smart, crafty and rarely gets beaten 1v1. Boston College is a run-heavy team, so I'll be excited to see how he looks in the pass protection drills, but on tape he was a stud there as well.

Most to Prove: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin

It feels like Beau Ben has fallen behind his teammate Michael Deiter, Lindstrom and the Oklahoma duo in the race for top guard in Mobile. As the buzz picks up for Nate Davis and Javon Patterson a bit, where exactly does Beau Ben's stock fall? With a strong week, the top 100 might be in reach, but the senior landing somewhere in day three wouldn't surprise me either. This is a big opportunity for him to stand out, with all the other quality interior offensive lineman in the class on the field alongside him.

Sleeper: Javon Patterson, Ole Miss

My boy Jonah Tuls kept telling me to pay attention to this guy, and he's right, Patterson has a lottlie something to his game. He needs work in pass protection, but his size and power could be an asset given how far he's come technically.


Top Prospect: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

A four-year starter for the Eagles dominant rushing attacks, Lindstrom has the play strength needed to create movement in the run game and his experience outside at tackle lends itself favorably to his ability to pass protect. Lindstrom can help fortify an NFL interior offensive line right away.

Most to Prove: Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State

Bradburry shows advanced technique for a tight end convert, but his lateral mobility to leads to hitting reach blocks on three techniques is unbelievable. I love his range and ability to work in space. And while he isn’t the most powerful blocker, he has a knack for finding leverage points on defenders and creating movement. If he can erase some of his play strength concerns, it would be big for Bradbury's draft stock.

Sleeper: Nate Davis, Charlotte

There is a lot of power and nasty to the way Davis works. As a drive blocker, I love how Davis gets his hands fit, uncoils his hips, accelerates his hips and blocks through the whistle. Davis complements his power with good mobility, heavy hands and the ability to connect with moving targets in space. He does have some body control/weight distribution stuff to clean up but I like his upside as a legitimate developmental prospect with the upside to become a productive NFL starter


Top Prospect: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom is my top interior offensive linemen in the entire class, so it makes sense that I would say he's the top man in Mobile. Lindstrom has a lot of power to him, and we're seeing that with an increase of interior pressure in the NFL, strong guards are very needed, even in a speed game.

Most to Prove: Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State

Speaking of a speed game, I think Bradberry can show that he's the perfect mold for a guard in today's NFL. As Joe stated above, Bradberry has great range in where he can move, which makes him a scheme-versatile offensive linemen.

Sleeper: Javon Patterson, Ole Miss

I don't know a lot about Patterson, but I am intrigued by the natural speed and power he is. He definitely needs some cleaning up with technique and tendencies, but that's why he's in the sleeper spot. I've only seen a little bit of him, and seeing how he holds up in Mobile could put him on the map for me.


Top Prospect: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom isn't just my top rated iOL prospect at the Senior Bowl, he's my top rated iOL in the entire Draft. Lindstrom brings a nice blend of traits: he can uproot and move you in power concepts but he's also pretty effective laterally to out-leverage defenders at the point of attack.

I expect Lindstrom to come in and show he's got the anchor and feet needed to warrant first round consideration.

Most to Prove: Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State

I like Bradbury, but I'm not sure that I love him. My concerns around his game are centered around a soft anchor, I perceive too many reps where he's getting bubbled back into the backfield and causing havoc at the mesh point or the pocket.

If Bradbury can come in and hold his ground in one on ones, it will help his perception. But without any encouragement about his play strength I'm not sure I can get on board with anything higher than a late Day 2 evaluation.

Sleeper: Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Huh? Isn't Risner a tackle? Well...technically yes. But I expect we'll see him get some looks inside, and I think he might surprise there.

Risner isn't the most fleet of foot but he plays with great balance on his frame. Putting him inside and giving him a chance to show some versatility would be a big boost to his resume in my perception.