Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 2/62 - Christine Michael, RB, 5-10, 220, Texas A&M ...The Seahawks traded back six spots from No. 56 to 62 with the Ravens, and still got their top-rated prospect on the board. Replaces Leon Washington as team's change-of-pace back. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a really explosive back. 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." -- Seahawks southwest area scout Matt Berry on Seattle's second-round draft pick, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - Seahawks turn heads with pick of Michael...The Seahawks provided another draft surprise on Friday, selecting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael with the team's first pick in the draft, at No. 62 overall in the second round. The Seahawks traded down six spots with Baltimore and still got what general manager John Schneider said was the highest-rated player on the team's board at the time. "He's a tough, intense, up-field, one-cut guy, and he's just a very good football player," Schneider said. "He's a competitor."
The Seahawks received Baltimore's second-round selection (No. 62) in Friday's trade, along with fifth-round (165) and sixth-round (199) picks. The No. 62 pick is the latest the Seahawks have waited to make a first pick in franchise history. Before that, the latest was No. 55 in 2007 (Josh Wilson). Michael's selection was a curious one for Seattle. With Marshawn Lynch rushing for a career-best 1,590 yards in 2012, and entering the second year of a four-year, $32 million deal, the Seahawks bolstered depth at what looks like an already stocked position group. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Along with Lynch, the Seahawks have second-year pro Robert Turbin, who rushed for 354 yards as rookie. Seattle selected Turbin in the fourth round last year. UCLA product Derrick Coleman fills out the depth chart at tailback. However, the Seahawks lost return specialist and change-of-pace back Leon Washington to New England when they released him in a cost cutting move. So Michael fills a hole, and adds depth to an important position group for Seattle, with the Seahawks running the ball a league-high 536 times last season. Michael will compete for time as Seattle's punt returner with Golden Tate.
Even though they have one of the best runners in the league, coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said after Day 2 of the draft that you can never have enough running backs. "We ran the ball more than anybody in the NFL last year, so we want this position loaded up," Carroll said. "So I think that the chance to get another good, strong tough guy like we did, just adds to the theme of what we're trying to present as a team." Added Schneider: "You can't go through drafts passing on talents like Michael. When you start doing that, in my opinion is when you start making a lot of mistakes." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 2/62 - Christine Michael, RB, 5-10, 220, Texas A&M ...The Seahawks traded back six spots from No. 56 to 62 with the Ravens, and still got their top-rated prospect on the board. Replaces Leon Washington as team's change-of-pace back. QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's a really explosive back. 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." -- Seahawks southwest area scout Matt Berry on Seattle's second-round draft pick, Texas A&M running back Christine Michael. - The Sports Xchange
03/14/13 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: A&Mís Christine Michael explains oversleeping at combine...Christine Michael, RB (5-10, 221) - Michael stood on his combine numbers and worked out for Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson. Michael discussed the situation that transpired during the combine when he overslept and missed two meetings with NFL teams, explaining how he was sick while in Indianapolis and took night-time cold medicine to help with sleeping, causing him to oversleep. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/11/13 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Running back Christine Michael decided to stand with his numbers from the combine, but did look outstanding during positional drills. He caught the ball well out of the backfield and looked explosive in his cuts.
Michael also attempted to clear up a "misunderstanding" after reports surfaced that he missed multiple meetings with teams at the combine. However, he explained that he was extremely sick that week and it was more of a misunderstanding. Michael said he already apologized to the teams and has formal workouts scheduled with the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com