Ht – 6’1” Wt – 230lb Class – SR
2021 Stats – 67 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 0 INT, 0 PD, 1 FF (15 Games Played)
Career Stats – 108 Tackles, 16 TFL, 12 Sacks, 0 INT, 0 PD, 1 FF (38 Games Played)
Tackling – Tindall is a Pursuit & Tackle machine. Few track the ball-carrier with the precision he does, and few can tackle as he does. He wraps up with precision and doesn’t miss.
Physicality – Very physical player with great downhill running ability. When Tindall gets moving, no blocker will get in his way from reaching the ball-carrier.
Block Shedding – He doesn’t have a very large array of block-shedding moves. His bread and butter is brute force. When taking on blocks, he strikes them with his full force, forcing the blocker to dig in or get thrown back.
Blitzing – Good blitzer, but as mentioned, he doesn’t have many pass-rush moves. He can crash the QB with speed and stay in front of him with ease, and he will hardly ever miss a tackle.
Football IQ – Great vision. This must be taught in Georgia, as all their defenders “feel” the field perfectly.
Range & Speed – Good play-speed, but still, not very rangy. Tindall is methodical when crashing or pursuing, which slows him down. In a way, he is too disciplined. While he can tackle all over the field on any given play, I wouldn’t view him as a sideline-to-sideline player.
Coverage – Extremely raw in this regard. Tindall didn’t have as much starting time as most draft-eligible Linebackers, and as a result, he didn’t have many coverage reps. Based on his traits, it seems he won’t be a reliable and consistent coverage defender. He isn’t a very smooth mover, and I don’t expect him to be able to stick with shiftier and quicker route-running receivers, but against straight-line routes, he should be fine.
Combine – Tindall had an outstanding Combine. Despite not showing true athleticism on tape, he exploded at the Combine and was one of the many Georgia Combine standouts. He finished with the highest Vertical jump, the longest Broad jump, and the 3rd fastest 40 of all Linebackers. Those are truly elite numbers.
Channing Tindall is a very intriguing athlete, and he is one of the bigger mysteries of the draft. Playing for the Georgia Bulldogs, he was behind both Nakobe Dean and Quay Walker on the depth chart. That resulted in a very limited amount of playing time. Although that is usually a big red flag, he showed a few great traits, and backing up two of the best Linebackers in the nation isn’t necessarily bad. His potential is extremely intriguing.
On tape, Tindall seemed like a bigger Linebacker who played with great size and requisite speed for the position. His tackling and pursuit abilities were fantastic, and he played with great physicality as well. Tindall’s football IQ is also noteworthy.
On the other hand, he didn’t have enough coverage reps to form a concrete evaluation, and he doesn’t project to be a consistent coverage defender.
Despite not showing elite athleticism on tape, Tindall blew up the Combine. His numbers were jaw-dropping, and he showed he is a phenomenal athlete.
Tindall has the potential to be the biggest steal of this draft, as he will likely not be drafted in the 1st round and could be one of the best Linebackers in this class. However, due to the mysterious nature of his potential, and his unclear evaluation, it’s hard to make any prediction with conviction.
See Channing Tindall’s overall ranking among other players on my Big Board.