Seahawks Draft Michael In Second Round
By Liz Mathews
With the 62nd overall pick and their first of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks selected running back Christine Michael out of Texas A&M. The Seahawks had traded the 56th pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 62, 165 and 199.
Michael started 18 of 40 games as an Aggie and carried a career 529 times for 2,791 yards with 34 rushing touchdowns. At 5-foot-10, 220 lbs., Michael was projected as one of the top backs in this year’s class despite having suffered two major injuries throughout his college career: a broken right tibia in 2010 and a torn ACL in 2011.
“It was definitely tough but you just have to put your mind to it,” Michael told reporters via conference call Friday evening. “Football is all I know, football is what I love so there wasn’t an injury, a broken leg or an ACL wasn’t going to stop me from coming back even better.”
Michael finished his senior season having logged 417 yards on 88 carries and 12 touchdowns.
“He’s a really explosive back,” Seahawks Southwest area scout Matt Berry told the media Friday after the selection. “I mean one cut, downhill, runs through arm tackles, really good balance on contact. He’s just an explosive NFL back that has a lot of talent and it jumps off the tape.”
Michael said he has a playing style similar to running back Marshawn Lynch — the Seahawks workhorse of a starter — and one of Michael’s personal favorites.
And Seattle’s front office seems to agree.
“Well, he was the highest rated player on our board and we lost Leon Washington (to the Patriots) so we were looking for a little bit of depth there, and he is just our kind of runner,” Seahawks GM John Schneider said in his post draft-day press conference. “He’s a tough, intense, up-field, one-cut guy, and he’s just a very good football player, competitor.”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that he expects Michael to be a contributor to special teams as well.
Michael has been working out this offseason with Vikings’ Adrian Peterson.