The Seattle Seahawks are no strangers to surprising people with their picks in the NFL Draft, and they did it again this year, picking running back Christine Michael. The Seahawks already have an All-Pro running back in Marshawn Lynch and a very good backup in Robert Turbin, but they still opted to take Michael with the 62nd pick overall after trading down from the 56th pick with the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael is a freakish athlete and was a top-5 performer among running backs in five different events at the NFL Combine. He put up 27 reps in the bench press, posted a 43 inch vertical jump, a 125.0 inch broad jump, finished the 3-cone drill in 6.69 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.02 seconds. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, which isn’t outstanding, but he’s a power back and doesn’t rely on speed anyway.
He put up terrific numbers over the course of his four years at Texas A&M, despite limited touches. Over his collegiate career, Michael carried the ball 529 times for 2,791 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and 34 touchdowns. Injury caused him to miss the end of his sophomore and junior years, but his production in the time he played is very impressive. It would be interesting to see what he could be capable of in a full season.
Michael will be a great fit for the Seahawks as he will be bring a physical running style that will compliment Lynch and Turbin quite well. He’s a bruiser with a low center of gravity to go with his quickness and athleticism, and an excellent pass blocker who could be used effectively on third downs until he develops into an every-down back.
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