Cowboys sign rookie center with NFL roots

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If the sturdy branches on his family tree are any indication, Alec Lindstrom has a bright football future ahead on him.

The Boston College center’s father spent three seasons in the NFL.

His brother Chris, was a first round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 who currently starts at right guard.

Now, Alec is a Dallas Cowboy, after being signed by the team as an undrafted free agent.

Lindstrom was projected on some boards to be a fifth or sixth round pick but went undrafted over the weekend.

It didn’t seem to deter him at all.

Lindstrom told Spectrum News One that his phone started ringing quickly after the draft.

He quickly started scanning interested teams’ depth charts — not just to see where he might fit but also where he could get a true chance to start.

“You want to get on the football field as fast as possible,” he told the station, noting he chose Dallas, in part, because their roster was thin at guard and didn’t have a backup center.

The Minnesota Vikings also were enticing he said. But after calling former Shepherd Hill High School teammate Sean McKeon, he knew Dallas was the right fit.

McKeon told him 10 of the team’s 2021 free agents found a home with the team, either on the 53-man roster or practice squad — and “everyone” gets a fair shot.

“He (was) like your gonna love it here. The facilities’ are best interests entire nation – the fans are the best.”

Lindstrom was rated as Pro Football Focus’ 198th rated prospect on its big board this year.

While he’s a bit undersized for the position, he makes up for some of that with athleticism and smarts and was PFF’s highest graded pass-blocker among Power 5 schools.