Dolphins make Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall first pick of 2022 NFL Draft

After long wait, Miami selects national champion in third round
Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Channing Tindall in 2021
Posted at 11:44 PM, Apr 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-29 23:54:04-04

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — After a long wait, the Miami Dolphins have their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Miami selected Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall in the third round Friday night.

Tindall was the No. 102 overall selection — a compensatory pick from the San Francisco 49ers.

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By drafting Tindall, the Dolphins fill a need for depth at the position.

Tindall told reporters he feels his versatility will mesh nicely with the Dolphins defense.

"The way they use their linebackers is different," he said. "They use their linebackers everywhere. They put them on the edge sometimes. They put them on the line. They put them at Mike, Will. They are very versatile and I feel like I fit into it."

Tindall won a national championship with the Bulldogs last season, amassing 108 tackles, including 16 for loss, and 12 sacks in his college career.

He's already familiar with Hard Rock Stadium, where the Bulldogs played their penultimate game of the season — a 34-11 victory over Michigan in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl.

"It was a beautiful stadium," he recalled. "I'm from South Carolina and it's humid down here, too. But man, during pregame, it was very humid that day before we went out on the field. From then, as the game continued and everything, you could look up and it's outside, but it's in a dome. It's just very beautiful."

The Dolphins only have four picks in the entire draft — the fewest of all 32 teams in the NFL.