While the university season runs parallel to that in the NFL and while waiting for the post-season draft sheets, the editorial staff of TDActu offers you a spotlight on the future nuggets that will join the NFL in 2022.
Born April 7, 2000 in Solon, Iowa
1m88 for 122 kilos
Center, Iowa, Junior
Center isn’t the most watched position in the first round of the draft. This is however the case for Tyler Linderbaum, an exciting player who is the latest product of the Kirk Ferentz school, a “factory” “for men on the offensive line.
If I were a quality:
In 280 snaps in 2020, Tyler Linderbaum only suffered 3 presses and no sack. A former wrestler, he began his university career in defensive tackle before being converted to center, and becoming the best in the country.
Linderbaum is first and foremost an athlete, his physical dimensions and characteristics being that of a cyborg created to become the perfect center. In addition to its speed (see below), it has extraordinary strength and balance. His past as a wrestler is reflected in his balance, since he never seems to lose control.
If I were a fault: Technical
It’s hard to find fault with Linderbaum, but one thing is certain is that he can still be better technically. He was recruited as a defensive tackle, so some moves are not necessarily natural. Positioning of hands, feet and angle of attack, it can all be better. But it is already very advanced and the 2021 season is proving it.
If I were a stat: 1.55 seconds on the 10 yard dash
Athletically, Tyler Linderbaum is an anomaly, we saw in Part 1. Incredibly well proportioned, it has a phenomenal speed: 1.55 yards on the 10-yard dash, and 4.22 in the shuttle. It is a speed comparable to some running back or cornerback, which normally does not happen at the center post.
Needless to say, if a team wants to regularly play their cross in the back curtain, or just on the move, they are the player for it.
If I were an NFL player: Garrett Bradbury
Linderbaum is unique, so powerful he seems for his weight, but the one he has the most similarity with is Garrett Bradbury. They have the same ability to move quickly without losing their balance. If Bradbury had a complicated NFL start to his career, it doesn’t have to mean the same for Linderbaum. However, taking a little weight would reassure the NFL scouts, as the difference in physical size with a “classic” center can be scary.
If I was a draft pick: Top 20
Having a cross in the top 20 of the draft isn’t automatic, but that’s hardly surprising. Garret Bradbury (# 18, 2019), Frank Ragnow (# 20, 2018) or Ryan Kelly (# 18, 2016) had this honor.
If I were an NFL team: New York Giants
Daniel Jones’ strong performance in 2021 and the weak quarterback class could prompt the Giants to strengthen the offensive line, especially given the terrible injury suffered by Nick Gates. His selection would be good news for former Duke quarterback, but especially for runner Saquon Barkley. It would be worth seeing how the offensive system could be adjusted, but it shouldn’t be too difficult with such a versatile player.