4/26/22: After a superb 2020 season, Linderbaum dominated the Big Ten in 2021 and finished his season with phenomenal performance against a good Kentucky defense in the Citrus Bowl. Linderbaum could be a plus NFL starter early in his pro career. Linderbaum looks like a late first-round or early second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He could be a plug-and-play starter with the potential to be a Pro Bowler before the end of his rookie contract. Team sources say they do not feel that Linderbaum has the size to play guard.
The first thing that stands out about Linderbaum is how fast he plays. He is good ball handler, delivering quick and firm snaps to his quarterback. After the snap, Linderbaum is a lightning bolt out of his stance to quickly fire to his block. Not only is Linderbaum immediately getting into the chest of a lineman, he has rare acceleration to the linebackers, bolting to them much faster than expected. Linderbaum is very athletic and fluid in space. He has shown phenomenal speed, flashing downfield on a screen and rocking a defender to spring his back for a good gain.
As a run blocker, Linderbaum is not overwhelmingly powerful, but he has good strength. Linderbaum will tie up, turn, and manipulate defenders to move them away from his back. With his speed, he is a real weapon to pull or spring backs for gains with a key block at the second level. Iowa has been an offensive line factory for the NFL, and that can be seen in Linderbaum's development because he is a technician with intelligence and toughness.
In pass protection, Linderbaum is rock solid. He bends at the knee and has excellent body lean. With his quickness and loose ankles, Linderbaum can glide and slide to keep himself between speed rushers and the quarterback. He has a strong lower body and can sink his hips to stonewall bull rushers. With guard-tandem blocks, Linderbaum packs a punch and eats up tackles. He will be an asset in the NFL to help maintain a clean pocket and provide his quarterback room to step up.