Seahawks Draft: Second Round
Running Back, Texas A&M
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 221
Spend a few minutes watching Christine Michael run, and it's easy to see why the Seahawks like him. Few 220-pound backs run a 4.49 40-yard dash or have Michael's agility, which explains why Seattle would use its top pick in this year's draft on a position already occupied by Pro Bowl player Marshawn Lynch.
Yet for all of his physical abilities, Michael was available at the end of the second round for a reason. For starters, he had a tough injury history in college, suffering a broken leg and a torn ACL as one of the nation's top freshman running backs in 2009. Then when Michael did return from the knee injury, he lost his starting job as a senior after the Aggies made a coaching change.
Michael admitted that coaching change was tough, but said he had no issues with the new coaching staff: "Definitely not. I lived and I learned from those guys. Those guys taught me a lot."
Seahawks GM John Schneider said any perceived character concerns about Michael were not an issue.
"Much like all of these guys, they're young men who are growing up," Schneider said. "So you're trying to figure out their past and where they're coming from and how they're moving forward with life. He had a little rough stretch when he tore his ACL and he had a new staff come in and went through a whole offensive change and he had to adapt."
How exactly Michael will fit in with Lynch and Robert Turbin on the roster remains to be seen. However, as much as the Seahawks like to run the ball, the rookie should have an immediate role in the offense, albeit a limited one.
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