Round 3, 79th Overall: Channing Tindall, LB, Georgia
Losing Kyzir White definitely hurt for the Los Angeles Chargers in free agency. They did bring in Troy Reeder, another player brought over with familiarity with Staley, but does the linebacker room really feel set?
The elephant in the room is obviously Kenneth Murray, as the Chargers moved up 14 spots in the 2020 NFL Draft to select him in the first round at pick 23. Murray has struggled to this point with his keys, run fits, and his eye discipline in general. It’s hard to ignore that, especially in a defense that requires everything to be humming up front with (often) one less player in the box.
Going to the Georgia well at linebacker makes sense here in the third round, as they had three studs on the defense in 2021. Channing Tindall would be a good selection here. He has the run and chase ability to work in space, and his transitions are very quick. The closing speed is impressive working downhill as well.
What stands out is how quick he is as a processor. As things get better in that department, Tindall plays physical and has the finishing ability to be a downhill player against the run. The fit is good and the development will come.