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- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 289lbs
- College: Iowa
- Year: Junior
- Position: Center
Iowa Hawkeye Tyler Linderbaum is an intriguing interior offensive lineman heading into the 2021 College football season.
Linderbaum is an Iowa boy, growing up just a short distance from the University of Iowa campus. A multi sport athlete in High School, Linderbaum excelled in shot, discus, baseball, basketball and especially wrestling. One claim to fame is that he pinned Buccanneers standout Tristan Wirfs during his high school wrestling career.
He was initially recruited to Iowa as a 3 star athlete at defensive tackle. He didn’t see much action during his initial time on campus but a conversion to center during his redshirt freshman year saw him flourish. An honourable mention in 2019 in the All Big Ten Team was followed by a first team All-Big Ten slot in 2020.
Watch Center Tyler Linderbaum #65 in this clip where he shows his ability to get to the second level and be a nasty finisher.
When watching Linderbaum play, his athleticism jumps off the screen. He is very mobile, both at the line of scrimmage and when climbing to the second level. He is very sharp as soon as he has snapped the ball. The center is fluid and continually on his toes.
His wrestling background is evident when moving opposing defenders, Linderbaum understands how to use his lower body to gain leverage. He plays with a good pad level and uses this to manoeuvre opponents and create gaps for his running backs.
Another trait that flashes is Linderbaum’s competitive streak. He is a tone setter at the line of scrimmage. He is really fun to watch and displays a determination to win and bully opponents. His high school coach described him as a “a super tough kid…with a kind of nasty to him“.
Alongside his physical streak, Linderbaum finished with great gusto on numerous occasions, appearing to take great satisfaction in driving his opposing number into the turf.
Perhaps an underrated trait when evaluating centers is their ability to snap the football. When it comes to this, Linderbaum is rock solid with very little miscommunications with the QB or errant snaps evident on tape.
Tyler Linderbaum is slightly undersized for playing on the interior offensive line, at a decent amount under the 300lb mark. He could do with stacking on some weight to compete against some of the monstrous defensive linemen that he will potentially face at the NFL level.
Whilst showing well over the last 2 years, Linderbaum is relatively inexperienced when it comes to playing at center, having initially been recruited as a defensive tackle.
When he struggles, it usually come down to this inexperience. For example he can have issues with framing his blocks, sometimes attacking the wrong shoulder for the play and allowing the defensive lineman to gain the upper hand. He can also sometimes be over zealous with his blocks, and over commit in a certain direction. At times he can have difficulty with timing his hand placements, again something that will come with more reps in the role.
Tyler Linderbaum cuts an intriguing figure heading into the 2021 College season and the 2022 NFL Draft process. The raw tools are there for him to have a successful career moving forward. He has shown progress year upon year and his determined attitude should bode well for him.
If he can clean up some of his techniques, alongside having another year of offensive line experience under his belt, he is certain to have some fans in scouting circles.
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