Tyler Linderbaum

Tyler Linderbaum

Measurements
  • Height
    6021
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    296lbs
  • Arm
    31 1/8
  • Speed
    -
OC Combine Averages
  • Height
    6035
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    -
  • Weight
    305lbs
  • Arm
    32 1/2
  • Speed
    5.22
Luke Carr - Scout
Tyler Linderbaum
  • Overall Rank
    16
  • Position Rank
    1
  • Position
    OC
  • Age
    22.2 Years
  • Team
    IOWA

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Knockdowns
2019 13 13 1 2 9
2020 8 8 0 3 3
2021 14 14 1 2 7

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate height and weight - thick thighs and a frame that can handle another 10lbs. Hasn't missed a game during his 3 years as a starter. Played 883/909 offensive snaps in 2021.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    5
  • Frame/Durability
    8
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Above the line toughness and instincts - reacts very well to late stunts and picks up MDM when multiple defenders blitzing the interior. Constantly scanning for work, without exposing a huge hole up the middle of the OL. Only commits to helping deal with other DL when he has identified there is no rush coming inside.

  • Toughness
    7
  • Instincts
    8
  • Effort/Motor
    7
Grade 7.3

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Linderbaum is a top-tier athlete and this is perfectly seen on any wide zone run play - the first step explosiveness to get out of his stance after the snap and gain ground laterally is outstanding and reaching the outside shoulder of a 3-tech is common practice for him within 2 steps (sealed off a 3t easily against Penn State in 2 steps). Shows above the line speed when climbing to the second level and chasing down defenders to make key blocks at even the third level in some instances. Direction changes are always swift and smooth and he demonstrates above the line flexibility to always have a lower pad level than the oncoming defender. Rarely struggles to handle much bigger defenders by using that low pad level and great angles to seal them off, away from the play. Occasional anchor problems when defender has more of a run up to gain momentum.

  • Explosiveness
    8
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    7
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    7
  • Play Strength
    6
Grade 7.0

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Linderbaum is a refined blocker in the passing and rushing game - in pass pro his ability to stay light on his feet and quickly shuffle in all directions means that he can adjust quickly to rushes from any direction, and he slides himself deeper into the pocket when uncovered to provide a wider view of the developing play - thus enabling him to aid other O-Lineman. Outstanding in space and at the second level, taking great angles to cut off players from reaching his ball-carrier and leading the way in many cases for players faster than him. In the rushing attack - has a great conceptual understanding of aiming points during runs and does a great job of getting to the playside shoulder of defenders to turn and seal them, rendering them useless on the play. Hand strike inconsistent - mostly when he tries to climb up to the second level too quickly and doesn't make enough contact with D-lineman, slipping off blocks or barely chipping them. Experience snapping under center in a pro-style offense and also in shotgun.

  • Pass Block
    7
  • Run Block
    8
  • Strike
    6
  • Second Level
    8
  • Pulling/Space Play
    8
  • Anchor
    5
  • Footwork
    7
  • Play Temperament
    7
Grade 7.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Linderbaum was a US Army All-American and comes from a strong wrestling background which is very evident on film, the way he constantly replaces hands and fights to win leverage. Named to leadership group as 1 of 7 sophomores in 2020. He Redshirted his Freshman year, initially starting on the defensive side of the ball before converting to offense during that 2018 season and since, the 3-year starter who has started all 36 games, without missing one - an incredible feat for an Interior O-Lineman. Linderbaum is the prototypical zone-blocking Center and offers experience in a pro-style offense which will be attractive to NFL teams. He is a Round 1 pick, and is an immediate starting Center in the NFL with potential to earn honors if he plays up to potential.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Penn State
  • Oct - 09 - 2021
  • Reach-Blocking flawless, 0 pressures given up
  • iconWorst Game
  • v Indiana
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Some issues anchoring on show, didn't seal defenders well in run game
Best Trait
Reach-Blocking
Pro Comparison
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