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Channing Tindall

LB Georgia 6-2 230 SR #41


ARM LENGTH: 32 7/8” HAND SIZE: 10 5/8” 40YD: 4.47 (99%) 10YD: 1.52 (100%)
VJ: 42” (100%) BJ: 10’09” (99%) BP:  ( %) SS: 4.18 (90%) 3C: 7.25 (47%)

Projection: Starting Mike LB in an aggressive, heavier Zone-based defense that mitigates the amount of time spent in man coverage. Draft Projection: Round 3 ~

Ravens Fit: Channing Tindall really does play like a Raven in the way he defends the run. He plays the run with processing and isn’t afraid to take on blocks from far bigger blockers. He shows toughness and grit for days, as well as the football intelligence the Ravens love. I think his deficiencies in man coverage might make the team leery though. He’s serviceable as a Zone defender when he has help behind him. He’s a guy who might be able to play the Mike in the Ravens scheme if you can hide him in coverage and maybe allow him to rush the passer more on 3rd Down, which he’s good at. Could be an option for them.

Overall Fit 4/5

Vs Run

Very good run defender. He diagnoses different types of runs quickly. Against Zone, he’s able to quickly identify where the vertical movement is coming from the OL, while reading his keys and get to a landmark that allows him to beat the blocker while still maintaining leverage against the cutback but get to the football. Against Zone and all types of running play, at the point of attack he can take on blocks with good hand placement, timing and play strength. He will leverage his gap regularly and tackle the runner. The same is true for his processing and hand usage against Gap blocks, he reads movement from OL very well and stays disciplined.

Even against RBs who press their keys effectively, he’s able to read them and get to the ball carrier. He reads how blocks develop in front of him, peeps potential running lanes but his processing and straight-line speed allow him to fly to the football even if the RB continues on his course. He also reads split zone especially well. Every tackle is a hard hit – he will rock back or sideways, even bigger ball carriers. He doesn’t hesitate when taking on blockers in the running game, an unselfish defender, he shows great physical toughness, competitiveness and aggression to blow through OL. He know his place in the defense and how he can facilitate others to make plays.

Against the outside run he has very good effort and good range when there is little traffic to the outside. When there is a lot of trash to get through, he can struggle to process how to take the best angle and can need to make adjustments mid-pursuit. He can tackle most runners in the open field, but right on the sideline if runners with good speed and play strength can get a hand on him they can evade the tackle but he can use the sideline as an extra defender to help stop the play in these circumstances.


He has good awareness in Zone of routes to the side and in front of him, he could be quicker to read route progressions and know what might be behind him to maintain proper leverage on underneath routes. On out routes when he’s in a hook/curl, he can get to receiving threats with ease from a standing start using some explosion and processing and prevent a target. Against more hard angle routes like hitches, he can be too far from the WR to make a play and needs to read the QB better. In man coverage he can compete with TEs but will struggle with good slot WRs, he has some tightness in his hips and limited acceleration to cover the receiver out of the break. He can be a touch late in his timing, touch off with his hand placement to break-up passes. Tough to handle as a pass-rusher. He has good hand usage, some play strength, hasn’t yet developed effective speed to power but bends the edge and corners impressively with good ankle flexion – throws his arm back to turn the corner.

Outstanding run defender who processes quickly, takes on blocks, tackles runners vs all types of run. Better suited to heavier Zone coverage duty. Good speed but limited lateral agility.

SR: 9 Sack, 6 QB Hits, 63 Total Tackles, 1 FF
INJURY: Missed 3 G with undisclosed injury (SO)

Athleticism 3
Intelligence 4
Versatility 3
Grit 5
Scheme 3

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