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
02/28/13 - Christine Michael impressed scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past week with his physical skills. But the running back from Texas A&M still has one thing to learn if he hopes to make it in the league: waking up on time. 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...Gil_Brandt.
Hopefully, for Michael's sake, he just overslept once and missed two interviews, rather than oversleeping two separate times. Nevertheless, this may raise some more red flags for NFL teams, in addition to Michael's being suspended last season for violating team rules and his being benched for poor pass blocking. Regardless, a team could take a flyer on him because of his physical abilities. Michael was tops among all running backs in bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. - Evan Hilbert, CBSSports.com
02/20/13 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Having had an opportunity to speak with him at the East-West Shrine Game, Texas A&M's Christine Michael may not be quite as popular at the Combine for teams as he would've been had he not participated in the all-star game. After all, teams had plenty of time to speak to the talented back in St. Petersburg and have limited resources in Indianapolis.
Given Michael's impressive week of practice (and the game, itself) for the Shriner's, however, he may have developed even more fans who see the talent bubbling under the surface in the 5-10, 221-pounder, who scored 12 touchdowns for the Aggies in 2012 as a reserve.
Michael has flashed NFL talent throughout his career but has been knocked by scouts as a me-first player. His inconsistent efforts earned him a spot on the bench for much of his senior season and will result in some tough questions being sent his way next week. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/18/13 - 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 8. RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M (5096, 221 -- West Team)...Thought to be the top running back prospect by some entering the 2012 season, Michael was nothing more than a reserve during his senior year after finding himself in Kevin Sumlin's doghouse. But during West practices, he reminded scouts why he was so highly regarded with his combination of quickness, burst and power. Although he didn't help his case by posing after a few productive runs in practice, Michael proved that he has the talent to warrant a second day selection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Christine Michael has had an up-and-down senior year, but he's still the go-to back around the goal line and has 12 rushing touchdowns this season, including two against Missouri in his final home game. - The Sports Xchange
11/17/12 - Texas A&M running back Christine Michael has been ejected against Sam Houston State for throwing a punch. Michael was ejected at the end of a play during which Johnny Manziel threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans to put No. 9 A&M up 14-0 in the second quarter. Michael, a senior, and some Sam Houston players were pushing each other before Michael threw the punch and was ejected. He was also given a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. - AP Sports