2021- Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas
Tindall is one of the faster linebackers in this draft class. Can run from sideline to sideline to make plays. Covers ground very quickly and takes great angles to the ball when the play is away from him. Is a great open field tackler and finsihes with a solid amount of force. His speed also helps him in man coverage. He has shown that he can open up his hips and run vertically with tight ends and also get to the flat to cover running backs coming out of the backfield. Plays with a very high motor and effort, very rarely taking a play off. He is a highly competitive player that is going to keep working to get to the ball.
Could work on his play strength. He plays physical and is willing to take on contact but is often over powered by bigger, stronger offensive linemen. He is knocked off the ball too easily at times. Also struggles in stack and shed situations. Doesn't get good extension on blockers and struggles to get off blocks and get to the ball effectively once they are locked in. Also could work on cleaning up his processing skills as he can be too slow to react at times. Wasn't asked to be the main guy at linebacker in college so will need to show that he can do so if he wants to ever be a starter in the league.
Channing Tindall is an intriguing linebacker prospect that never truly got to reach his full potential due to playing behind other very good linebackers at Georgia. Was a four-star prospect out of South Carolina before joining the Bulldogs. Saw significant playing time early on but mainly played in mostly a rotational role in his first three seasons. As senior, Tindall saw his role increase, still coming off the bench for the most part but still finished third on the team with 67 tackles along with 7.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. His play helped him receiver AP Second Team All-SEC honors as well as invitations to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the next level, Tindall will be best suited as a WILL linebacker in a 4-3 defense but could be moved around on the outside and possibly develop into a MIKE linebacker in certain schemes. He will be a rotational player early on with high special teams value. I see him being drafted in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft and being a player that can eventually be a reliable starter if given a year or two to develop.
Has incredible play speed. Is able to make plays from across the field with ease. Has good closing quickness, once he sees where the ball is he bursts downhill and closes in on the ball carrier. Shows adequate explosiveness to burst through gaps against the run and as a pass rusher. Uses his lateral agility to scrap to the ball and change direction smoothly. Isn't necessarily weak but does get overpowered at times. Would like to see him play more physical against blocks.
Pass Rush Ability:
Big Play Ability
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Shows a decent first step but does show some hesitation at times. Has the flexibility to dip under blocks when blitzing up the middle. Doesn't show many pass rush moves, mainly relying on his speed to win. Does a solid job of timing the snap count to hit the gap as the ball is snapped when coming on blitzes.
Gets to his drops smoothly but doesn't take too many deep drops. Sort of just stays level a couple yards out of his original stance. Shows a good concept of knowking where to be in his zones but will have to work on more complex route recognition at the next level. Has the speed and hip fluidity to open up and run with tight ends vertically and shows the awareness to pick up running backs out of the backfield in man coverage.
Against The Run:
Doesn't show much struggle in winning with leverage. Struggles in stack and shed situations. Is willing to take on blocks but doesn't get much of a punch and takes too long to disengage. Uses his speed to his advantage, showing great range and ability to run sideline to sideline to make plays. Takes very good pursuir angles when the play is away from him. Is a very sound tackler in the open field and is a physical finisher on his tackles.
Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Isn't afraid to take on contact but is still pushed around too easily at times. Plays with a very high motor at all times. Shows a high level of effort even when the play is away from him. Wasn't asked to be the true leader of his defense but did show the ability to make pre-snap calls when needed.
Is inconsistent in his processing ability. There are times where he reads his keys quickly and gets to where he needs to be and others where he takes too long and puts himself out of position. Can be slow to react to run or pass at times. Has the ability to play inside and outside but will likely be best suited inside the box at linebacker.