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The Atlanta Falcons ‘Secret Superstar’

Pro Football Focus (PFF) named a secret superstar for every team in the NFL, and right guard Chris Lindstrom was the nomination for the Atlanta Falcons.

“Lindstrom seems to be a victim of the Falcons’ offense collapsing around him, but he has maintained an extremely strong start to his career, improving in each season since entering the NFL,” wrote Sam Monson on PFF.

“In 2021, his 83.7 PFF grade ranked sixth among guards. He didn’t allow a sack all season, surrendering 31 total pressures across 661 pass-blocking snaps. His run blocking was among the elite at the position, and he has been flagged for penalties just five times in three NFL campaigns.”

Lindstrom was one of two offensive linemen selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Falcons. Atlanta took Lindstrom out of Boston College 14th overall and then traded up to take Kaleb McGary out of Stanford at No 31.

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Lindstrom’s value isn’t a secret within the Atlanta Falcons. General manager Terry Fontenot wasted little time in exercising the fifth-year option on Lindstrom’s rookie contract. With just a $4.7 million cap hit in 2022, Lindstrom the fifth-highest compensated player on the Falcons roster this season according to Spotrac.

His option kicks in next season and his compensation escalates to $13.2 million for 2023.

McGary’s option was not picked up, and he’ll be a free agent after the season.

The Falcons didn’t make any major moves in the offseason to shore up the offensive line which was bottom of the league in most categories.

One thing they should be able to count on this year is the continued excellent play of their secret superstar.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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