The dolphins select Georgia LB Channing Tindall in the third round of the NFL Draft

Georgia defender Channing Tindall (41) plays against Vanderbilt in a college football match at the NCAA on Saturday, Sept.  25, 2021, Nashville, Tenn.  (Photo by AP / John Amis)

Georgia defender Channing Tindall (41) plays against Vanderbilt in a college football match at the NCAA on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by AP / John Amis)


Unlike previous years, the Dolphins waited a long time before being first selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.

But when they finally got on the watch for the third watch late Friday night, they made sure to add the one who could start in the missing position.

The Dolphins picked Georgia within the Channing Tindall line with No. 102 all choices.

Georgia-four-year-old Tindall recorded 67 games in the 2021 season, as well as 7.5 losses and 5.5 sacks, which sat fourth on the team. He came to the Dolphins area to visit earlier this month and said it looked like “home.” Tindall, 22, believes the team’s coaches have been impressed by their versatile ability on their machines.

“The way they use their linebackers is different,” Tindall said. “They use their linebackers everywhere. They put them on the sidelines sometimes, they line them up. They put them on MIKE, WILL. They are very flexible and I feel like I deserve it.”

Tindall, 6-1 and 230 pounds, played 50 games during his college career, recording 108 tackles, 16 lost tackles, 12 bags and one swing. He did not have a single start, however, playing in the defense that each year makes NFL players. Five Tindall defenders were selected in the first line Thursday night.

Tindall’s biggest season was a break for him, when Georgia won the college college football championship. Tindall said spending more time watching a video with his mentor Glenn Schumann allows him to better understand his roles.

“I was at work all season … My mind was like doing or dying,” Tindall said.

“The main thing was, I wanted to be the best of myself,” he added. “And I know I’m not going to do everything I can to be successful.”

As part of the Dolphins’ efforts to restore their defense this season, they have also signed defender Elandon Roberts, Duke Riley and Sam Eguavoen. However, they were all signed for a year and shared playing time alongside founder Jerome Baker. Baker’s proliferation as an outsider also made it necessary for the midfield to be able to play and pass, the latter being as important as ever in the modern NFL.

Tindall, who ran a 4.47 40-yard distance on the NFL Scouting Combine, works as a type of player with the size and speed to complete the task over time, according to senior manager Chris Grier.

“Speed ​​is what we love,” he said. “He can play all three downs and also play special teams.”

Born in South Carolina, Tindall was a four-star high school freshman, defensive and center line defender. When he arrived in Athens, he had to play behind many other well-known players. My Georgian friends within the next line Quay Walker went to No. 22 at the Green Bay Packers, while Nakobe Dean, who received the Butkus Award given to a college football major, was nominated by the Philadelphia Eagles and No. 83 all choices.

Grier said he spoke several times with Georgia coach Kirby Smart, and Tindall’s idea of ​​staying with him even though he had a full list and his change became apparent to Grier during the review.

“When talking to Kirby, he just says the arrow is still going on at Channing,” said Grier, “and he’s taken action because he’s now in the box playing a lot. But, he did something and he ended up playing a lot because he was so big. So for us, it ‘s great that we still have a young player, there are a lot of good things to do and we see that he has made progress. “

When the third line arrived, the well-known selection of Dolphins, who had needs on the offensive line and within the linebacker, began to emerge. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Kentucky line-up Luke Fortner and Wyoming within the Chad Muma line at No. 65 and No. 70, respectively. The Houston Texans then selected Alabama within the line of Christian Harris with No. 75 all choices.

Later, Dean, who had one of the most amazing photos on Friday, traveled to the Eagles. And the Las Vegas Raiders selected memphis singer who was Dylan Parham and No. 90 all choices.

But the Dolphins chose Tindall, as well as another famous indoor player, Leo Chenal of Wisconsin, who went to Kansas City Chiefs with the next choice. Grier said the team looked after Tindall during the entire period, however. He is the first Georgian line to follow the franchise.

The Dolphins tried to exchange “several times,” Grier said, but “people want to choose.”

Some potential business partners want the Dolphins to abandon one of their first 2023 plans to form an alliance, which Grier said it “could not negotiate.” The Dolphins have five picks in the first three races of next year, including two first rounds and three rounds.

“It was a long time for us,” Grier said.

The Dolphins became the first two lines to prepare after sending their first two picks to Kansas City as part of a deal that brought Tyreek Hill All-Pro recipient to Miami. The No. 102 The whole election was the most recent one the Dolphins ever made.

The Dolphins enter Day 3 of the NFL Draft with three remaining options: one in the fourth line (No. 125 overall) and two in the seventh (No. 224, No. 247). The team is expected to seek depth in the wrestling, mid-line and defensive line but may need to gather more options to meet all of those needs.

This article was first published April 29, 2022 11:32 PM.

Daniel Oyefusi covers the Dolphins of the Miami Herald. Born in Townson, Maryland, he graduated from the University of Maryland: College Park. In the past, he covered the Ravens of The Baltimore Sun.


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