2.30 Seattle Seahawks Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M (5-10, 220)
With the thirtieth selection (62nd overall) in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select running back Christine Michael from Texas A&M. According to Todd McShay of ESPN, Michael might be the most talented running back in the entire 2013 NFL Draft. I’m not going to go that far, but he is a top five back from this class. He had a remarkable NFL Combine, rating high in each drill he participated in. A prototypical running back in terms of size and frame, Michael was able to produce solid numbers at Texas A&M when he was able to stay healthy and out of the coach’s doghouse (12 touchdowns on only 88 carries in 2012).
This guy is a hard runner with great ability to run behind his pads with fantastic leverage. He fights hard to finish his runs, but that also contributed to his high fumble percentage (2.40%). He uses his low center of gravity to fall forward when being taken down. This guy does not display great patience, but does show some ability to wait until the holes open and not bounce the play outside. Michael has good start-and-stop ability and uses the jump-cut effectively to make defenders miss on cut-back runs. He has the quickness to sneak though small holes and can make the east-to-west cuts without the loss of power and speed. He has a great initial burst and a solid top-end speed when in the open field.
The issues surrounding Michael are that he has had troubles away from the football field and some injury concerns on it. The Seahawks have to work on keeping Michael in line and out of trouble. With Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin already in the backfield, there is not much playing time to go around in the first year of his professional career. This just looks to be like a depth pick, to get another talented offensive player that can contribute here and there in the beginning of his career. Michael has the talent to be a major contributor in the NFL from the start, but, due to the talent already in place, the real impact may be felt three or four years down the line.