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NFL Draft 2018: Wisconsin CB Derrick Tindal Scouting Report

The three year starter at cornerback will look to add depth to a defensive backfield in the NFL

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Known for being one of the most outspoken and talkative players on the Wisconsin Badgers’ defense, Derrick Tindal will need his play to do some talking at the next level. The three-year starter at cornerback will be looking for an opportunity to make his noise in the NFL.

Tindal saved his best season for last, being a vocal leader of the Badgers’ defense in 2017, one of the top units in the country. His sticky cover skills will give him his best opportunity to make a team at the next level.

Derrick Tindal Measurables

Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
Height Weight Arm Length Hand Size 40-Yard Dash Bench Press Vertical Jump Broad Jump 20-Yard Shuttle 3-Cone Drill 60-Yard Shuttle
5'11 181 pounds N/A N/A 4.52 seconds N/A 37.5" 121.5" 4.13 seconds N/A N/A

Height and weight measurements taken from UWBadgers.com; All other statistics from Wisconsin Pro Day (courtesy of UW)

Strengths: Three year starter, there isn’t a situation or atmosphere he hasn’t seen or been in. Effective in both press and off coverages. Willing in run support. Good athlete, fluid hips allow him to break on the ball and transition in coverage with ease. Good recovery ability if beaten deep. Has a knack for being grabby and concealing it from the referee. Has experience covering the slot.

Weaknesses: Slight frame, gets muscled by bigger receivers. Grabs when he’s beat, will get called in the NFL. Good, not great athlete. Won’t be a better athlete than those he’s covering. Willing, not always able in run support, due to his thin frame.

Summary: Tindal turned in a nice career in Madison, recording starts in his four years, including all 28 games the past two seasons. His versatility covering both outside and in the slot will help endear him to NFL teams, who will be weary of his rail thin physique. Special teams, like most rookie defensive backs, will be critical to his ability to stick on a roster. Could show enough ability to stick on a practice squad to start the season.

Projection: 7th Round - Undrafted Free Agent

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