4 things to know about new Dolphins LB Channing Tindall

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The Miami Dolphins, after waiting through the first two rounds without a pick, selected Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall with the 102nd pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

The former Bulldog will join a linebacker room that already boasts Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts, Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen, Brennan Scarlett and Andrew Van Ginkel.

It’s unclear what his role will be, but Tindall could end up as a four-down contributor at the professional level if he takes to the coaching offered by defensive coordinator Josh Boyer and linebackers coach Anthony Campanile.

Here’s what Dolphins fans should know about their newest linebacker heading into his rookie season.

He tested as one of the most athletic linebackers ever.

He's another national champion coming to Miami.

Tindall was part of Georgia’s impressive defense in 2021 that also featured Nakobe Dean, Quay Walker and Jordan Davis. That defensive unit helped the Bulldogs win the National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. This is the seventh straight season that the Dolphins have drafted someone who won a national championship.

He's worked on his leadership and communication.

“Communication,” Tindall said when asked where he’s grown the most. “From coming in, I came in for having my hand in the dirt, to now I have to make signal calls to the d-linemen, like JD and them, they getting on me, like ‘what’s the call at safeties? What’s the call at DBs? What’s the call? It’s your fault. Someone messes up, it’s your fault.’ So then I got tired of getting blamed. So probably the biggest thing is the adjustments of actually being vocal and talking.”

He's a versatile defender.

Tindall has the ability to play a number of different roles for Miami this season. At Georgia, he played both inside and outside linebacker while also being a key contributor on special teams. His athleticism allows him to do a little bit of everything, and that might help keep him on the field in the NFL.

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