In Channing Tindall, Dolphins say they drafted a player they were always targeting

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The Dolphins had just four picks in the 2022 NFL draft, the fewest of any team in the league, thanks to trades for Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill. The success of their 2022 draft will really come down to what kind of offense they can build with Waddle and Hill.

But when the Dolphins finally did pick, with the 102nd pick, they took Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall. And Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier says that’s who he was hoping would be available all along.

“He was a player that we had been targeting throughout the process,” Grier said, via ESPN. “We met with him in Indianapolis [at the NFL combine] and really enjoyed our time with him. We brought him down here on a [top] 30 visit, spent a lot of time with him here as well. For us, it’s the versatility, the speed is what we like. He can play, he has the ability to play all three downs and play special teams, as well. In talking to [Georgia coach] Kirby Smart the other day again about him, he was just talking about what tremendous speed and toughness and the character of the kid and how Kirby really loved [Tindall] and thinks he’s going to be a really good player in the NFL.”

The reality is the Dolphins can’t expect much from their rookie class this year. But Grier clearly expects Tindall to make his presence felt in Miami.

15 responses to “In Channing Tindall, Dolphins say they drafted a player they were always targeting

  1. Never seen a team do less with so much draft capital than Grier and the Dolphins over the last few years.

    Insane to think of all the picks they had and who they ended up with.

  2. Grier and his keen draft acumen is also the guy who didn’t take Justin Herbert, Justin Jefferson and Jonathan Taylor when they were there to be selected in the first round in 2020. He took Tua, Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene.

    So yeah, there’s that……. You’ll forgive me if I don’t share his enthusiasm.

  3. Drafting a player you targeted… imagine that. It’s also like that’s what the draft is for.

  4. xpensivewino says:
    May 6, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Grier and his keen draft acumen is also the guy who didn’t take Justin Herbert, Justin Jefferson and Jonathan Taylor when they were there to be selected in the first round in 2020. He took Tua, Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene.

    So yeah, there’s that……. You’ll forgive me if I don’t share his enthusiasm.
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    I didn’t like the three 1st rd picks either. I kept hearing “experts” say Tua was so much better than Herbert, that it shouldn’t even be discussed. My thought was Herbert fit the NFL prototype for a QB & that Tua was small for an NFL QB & injury prone. I also thought that Tua played for a team loaded with future NFL talent so he knew he was going to when 95% of the time in college, so of course he had good numbers. Finally, the other 2 picks were reaches when they were picked. Honest;y, most Dolphins dracts over the last 30 years have been pretty bad. That’s probably why they have been bad to mediocre during that time.

    Going back to passing on Drew Brees to select a nickle corner who was a bust. Picking the wrong Miami Hurricane instead of Vince Wolfolk. Picking RB Ronnie Brown #2 overall instead of QB Aaron Rodgers. Taking DE Charles Harris instead of TJ Watt. Theses are just a few examples of terrible Dolphins picks over the decades.

  5. mumfio –

    I’m with ya my friend!

    I was a kid at the time, but my father and I had season tickets to Dolphins starting in 1972. How’s that for an introduction to the team?!?!?!?!? It’s been a rough road since the Nixon Administration……

  6. xpensivewino says:
    May 6, 2022 at 11:59 am

    mumfio –

    I’m with ya my friend!

    I was a kid at the time, but my father and I had season tickets to Dolphins starting in 1972. How’s that for an introduction to the team?!?!?!?!? It’s been a rough road since the Nixon Administration……
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    I can remember 3 playoff games being blacked out. That’s pretty much unheard of in most regions. One of which was Dan Marino’s rookie season where they played the Seahawks in the playoffs & lost.

  7. 8-1 without Armstead, Tyreek Hill, Connor Williams, Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Cedrick Wilson.

    Ya’ll have no idea what’s coming from Miami this season. Keep talking about Herbert as if Tua didn’t almost drag his team to playoffs after starting 1-7 because of Jacoby Brissett.

    The upgrade of Bridgewater alone would’ve gotten us to the post season last year.

    Then Miami goes and fills its biggest defensive need with Channing Tindall? Lol. Good luck.

    No wonder Akiem Hicks, Carlos Dunlap and Melvin Ingram want to be backups on this team.

    I feel bad for those who have no idea what’s coming from Tua and Co and really want to hate Miami. It’s going to brutal for you to watch Tua carve defenses with time throw and weapons who can separate.

  8. I will say Grier hit on Waddle, Philips and Holland last year.

    Davies problem since JJ is the changing of HCs like underwear, zero foundational identity and absolutely no consistent philosophy. Nevermind we just went through some of the worst offensive HCs, back to back (Gase/Flores).

    But Tindall is a backer that can spy someone like Allen. It just depends on who sits if he gets in.

    Miami remains very talented on defense, now its about balancing out the team. And yes this is Tua make or break year. With a consistent run game, hopefully a offensive line that doesn’t grade out in the bottom 3, as Miami did 2 out of the last 3 years and a actual NFL OFFENSIVE SCHEME…..

    I expect a 2to3 game bump in wins.

  9. I wanted him in New England. It’ll be fun to watch what he does in the division

  10. The Dolphins haven’t been relevant since the 80’s, so fans like me have learned not to get too excited about the team until they actually DO make the playoffs. If you look at their roster, they are a talented team. They should continue to be a top tier defense and they now have legitimate offensive coaches and upgraded the offensive line and running back positions. They will be a more competitive team. Tua could take a big leap now that Grier has improved the offense. He has done a good (not great) job. We’ll see. And basically that’s it, we’ll see.

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