The lengthy look forward to the Miami Dolphins to make their first decide of the 2022 NFL draft resulted within the workforce taking Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall with decide No. 102 on the finish of the third spherical.
Tindall (6-foot-2, 230 kilos) was a nationwide champion with the Bulldogs final season, the place he was tied for third on the workforce with 67 tackles as an inside linebacker who can go sideline to sideline. He collected 108 tackles, 16 for loss, and 12 sacks in his faculty profession.
Dolphins normal supervisor Chris Grier touted Tindall’s velocity among the many traits he and the group favored because the prospect ran a 4.47-second 40-yard sprint on the NFL scouting mix in March.
“He’s a participant that now we have been focusing on all through the method,” Grier stated. “For us, it’s the flexibility. The velocity is what we like, his capability to play all three downs and play particular groups, as nicely.”
Tindall was one of many prospects that was invited to Dolphins’ headquarters for a pre-draft go to.
“I felt like house,” stated Tindall, who watched the draft alongside shut household and associates. “I simply beloved the campus, the ability they’d there. I bought in with the linebackers coach [Anthony Campanile], the entire workers.”
Versatility, which Grier famous about Tindall, was one thing he favored about learning the Dolphins’ protection, lining linebackers up in numerous spots, particularly with main tackler Jerome Baker in a position to play inside and outside.
Linebacker was a place the Dolphins had been anticipated to handle on this draft. The workforce introduced again Elandon Roberts, Duke Riley, Sam Eguavoen and Brennan Scarlett from final yr’s roster, however might nonetheless use an improve to pair with Jerome Baker on the within, in addition to Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel on the surface.
Grier famous the Dolphins are nonetheless lots happy with the linebackers they re-signed this offseason.
“These guys are good gamers,” he stated. “They know our system. We all know what they’re on and off the sphere, how they contribute to this workforce.”
The Dolphins, opting to not commerce up between Thursday and Friday, chosen Tindall with a compensatory decide they bought from the San Francisco 49ers on the finish of the third spherical after they didn’t have picks within the first two rounds. The decide was introduced by Corridor of Fame Dolphins fullback Larry Csonka from the draft in Las Vegas.
The Dolphins’ choices within the preliminary two rounds had been traded in a five-pick package deal to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs for star extensive receiver Tyreek Hill, who has made the Professional Bowl in all six of his NFL seasons. That first-round decide, No. 29, initially belonged to the 49ers whereas Miami’s personal second-rounder, No. 50 total, was additionally shipped off, together with a fourth-rounder this yr and fourth- and sixth-round picks subsequent yr within the blockbuster deal.
Grier stated the Dolphins had been working the telephones on Friday night time to see if they might transfer as much as draft numerous prospects, however in the end, groups wished a chunk of Miami’s 2023 draft capital, which the Dolphins weren’t prepared to give up.
“We had discussions about a number of gamers that we had been attempting to maneuver as much as land, however groups wished to make their picks,” Grier stated. “We weren’t going to surrender any picks from the 2023 draft, the upcoming draft class. For us, these had been non-negotiables.”
The Dolphins are strapped with 5 picks within the first three rounds in 2023, with two within the first and two within the third.
No. 102 is the deepest right into a draft Miami has made its first decide and first time the workforce didn’t select within the draft’s first two rounds since 2002. That yr, the workforce selected heart Seth McKinney at No. 90 total after Miami’s first-round decide went to the New Orleans Saints in a commerce for operating again Ricky Williams and second-rounder was shipped to Philadelphia in a trade-up within the earlier draft.
With these two prime selections that went to the Chiefs, Kansas Metropolis ultimately traded each to the New England Patriots. New England made the primary spherical’s most shocking decide of Tennessee-Chattanooga guard Cole Unusual, after which took Baylor extensive receiver Tyquan Thornton, a Miami Booker T. Washington Excessive alum, at 50.
Tindall was the seventh Georgia defender and ninth Bulldog total drafted when the Dolphins chosen him. 5 defensive gamers went within the first spherical: defensive linemen Travon Walker (Jaguars), Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt (Packers), linebacker Quay Walker and security Lewis Cine (Vikings. Broad receiver George Pickens (Steelers) and operating again James Prepare dinner (Payments), a Miami Central alum, had been picked within the second spherical. One of many shock drops within the draft, was Tindall’s Georgia teammate Nakobe Dean, who was broadly projected as a first-round decide however full to the third spherical at No. 83 to the Eagles.
After crossing off the workforce’s linebacker want with the Tindall decide, the Dolphins might nonetheless be anticipated to have a look at heart, different offensive line positions, edge rusher, operating again or extensive receiver once they’re again on the clock within the fourth spherical on Day 3.
Miami owns decide 125 total in that fourth spherical, together with two seventh-round choices however might all the time commerce so as to add extra.