Leave it to general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll: The Seahawks don’t do what you’d expect them to do. The Seahawks kept it unconventional once again, drafting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, a 5 feet 10, 220-pound running back with the 62nd pick in the second round.
Michael, whose first name is Chris-TIN, is a physically impressive running back; in fact, he was described as one of the most physically impressive backs in the draft. He rushed for 417 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry as a senior. He rushed for a career-high 899 yards as a junior, but his season was cut short when he tore his ACL against Oklahoma. He also missed part of his sophomore year with a broken leg. Michael has had some injury problems in his past and has had some off-the-field issues. As NFL.com analyst Gil Brant tweeted during the NFL Combine, “Texas A&M RB Christine Michael was a rockstar @ #NFLCombine, a top performer in 5 events. The bad: He overslept and missed 2 team interviews.”
The Seahawks, of course, have running back Marshawn Lynch, one of the NFL’s best backs. Lynch just turned 27 and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. Seattle also drafted running back Robert Turbin last year in the fourth round.
Here is what NFL.com said about Michael:
Low center of gravity back with good thickness throughout his frame to take and give out punishment. North-south runner who uses his strong legs to burst out of the hole to eat up six or seven yards in a hurry. More speed in the open field than you’d expect given his size, sets up defenders in the open field for a dangerous cut on the run. Capable of strong cuts on stretch plays, runs with lean and balance to blast or step through arm tackles near the line. Also willing to spin off tackles to free himself in space or stretch for an extra yard inside. Takes out blitzers with cut blocks in pass protection, also defenders at the second level as a lead blocker.
Missed the end of both his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury. Not elite in his change of direction ability, will round some cuts and gets tripped up trying to change field. Will spin away from situations instead of taking what he can get. Ball security can be an issue, will run with the ball away from his frame (three fumbles in 2011). Not often targeted in the passing game, must prove he can be a reliable receiver. Whiffs too often when trying to land a punch in pass protection, and gets pushed back too easily when man-up.
It was the latest the Seahawks have made their first selection in the draft.
The Seahawks held the 56th pick of the draft heading into the day, but for the third straight year, they traded down in the second round. The Seahawks received pick No. 62, no. 165 (fifth round) and no. 199 (sixth round) from the Baltimore Ravens, who received the 56th pick and took linebacker Arthur Brown.
Seattle will now have 10 picks on the final day of the draft (one in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh).
Schneider has made six draft-day trades in his tenure as general manager, and he has traded down each time.