Iowa's Tyler Linderbaum accounted for highest-graded run-blocking season since 2016
If you need more evidence that Tyler Linderbaum was one of the best offensive linemen in college football in 2021, Pro Football Focus (PFF) has you covered.
Based on PFF’s scores, Linderbaum accounted for the highest-graded run-blocking season for any offensive lineman since 2016. He graded out at a 96.6, beating out Oregon’s Penei Sewell, who posted a 95.7 in 2019.
Pro Football Focus listed the Top 4:
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Highest graded run blocking seasons by a Power Five OL since 2016
1️⃣ Tyler Linderbaum (’21): 96.6
2️⃣ Penei Sewell (’19): 95.7
3️⃣ Christian Darrisaw (’20): 94.5
4️⃣ Ikem Ekwonu (’21): 93.8 pic.twitter.com/A0QpYd9Es7
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Linderbaum was the winner of the Rimington Trophy this year, presented to the best center in college football. He was also the B1G Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Linderbaum was a key piece of Iowa’s 10-4 season which resulted in a B1G West title and a Citrus Bowl appearance. Though there were some rumors that the star center was thinking about a return to the Hawkeyes in 2022, he announced that he’ll be training for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Several mock drafts are projecting Linderbaum to be a first-round selection in this year’s draft.