Atlanta Falcons Select Two Offensive Lineman In First Round Of NFL Draft
The Atlanta Falcons added much needed depth to their offensive line with a pair of selections in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.
With the 14th overall selection, the team drafted offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom from Boston College.
Tonight has been a dream come true. I am so thankful for all the support of my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. It is truly a blessing to now be a member of the Atlanta Falcons Organization! Now the work begins pic.twitter.com/mm6scNN6er— Chris Lindstrom (@Big_Fish75) April 26, 2019
Lindstrom, who is one of the top ranked prospects at his position, will immediately compete for a starting job on the team.
But the Falcons weren't done after that pick. They traded back into the first round to select another offensive lineman, Kaleb McGary from the University of Washington.
The Falcons paid a steep price for the trade, however, giving up their second and third round picks to the L.A. Rams in order to move up.
Both Lindstrom and McGary were chosen to help protect franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sacked 42 times last season.
With last night's trade, the Falcons aren't scheduled to make another selection until the fourth round, which takes place on Saturday.