The Seattle Seahawks may not have needed a running back, but they got themselves a good one with their first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. With the 32nd pick in the second-round (62nd overall) of the draft, the Seahawks took Texas A&M running back Christine Michael. Due to the fact that the Seahawks already have All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch and a solid backup in Robert Turbin, this pick took most by surprise. But since OTAs have begun, it’s been Michael who has been doing the surprising.
Michael’s size and powerful running style make him a perfect fit for Seattle’s rugged backfield, and he could come in and contribute right away. It seems likely that his role in the offense as a rookie will be to come in and block on certain passing downs as well as provide depth and occasionally give Lynch and Turbin a chance to get some rest. There’s also a possibility that his speed and strength could be utilized in some special teams situations.
If he can contribute maybe 250 yards rushing this season, I would consider that a very productive first year for the rookie. If Lynch and Turbin can both stay healthy, there shouldn’t be any reason for Michael too see much playing time. Having said that, if he can continue to work hard and develop, the Seahawks seem high on him and feel that he might possibly be the running back of the future.
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