Christine Michael earned freshman of the year honors after posting 844 total rushing yards on 166 carries for Texas A&M. He loggedÂ 237 attempts for 2,791 yards (5.2 ypc avg) and 34 touchdowns during his college career.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted Christine Michael in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL draft. He would have been a first round talent, but fell as a result of his injury history in college. He suffered a broken tibia in 2010 and tore his ACL in 2011.
Christine Michael saw limited action in Seattle being stuck behind, “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch who is among the top backs in the NFL. He carried the rock 52 times for 254 yards averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Height|Weight: 5-10 227
College: Texas A&M
40 time: 4.54
Bench Reps: 27
Vertical Jump: 43.0″
NFL Experience: 3rd season
The Dallas Cowboys were lacking that powerful north south runningback that can get the tough yards for them and that is exactly what Christine Michael brings to the table. He has a rare combination of brute power and outstanding athletic ability. Michael was a top performer at the 2013 NFL combine on the bench press, (27 reps), Vertical jump (43.0″, Broad Jump (10″ 5″), 3 cone drill (6.69 seconds), and the 20 yard shuttle (4.02 seconds). That is very impressive to say the least.
Christine Michael has a thick powerful frame and is obviously no stranger to the weight room… Runs with a low center of gravity and extreme power….Â Plays with patience…. Good vision and burst to hit the hole… Not afraid to dish out punishment to linebackers… Very strong legs to burst out of the hole… Can pick up 5-7 yards quickly once he sees daylight… Deceivingly fast in the open field… Tricks defenders with good on the run cuts… Has the quickness to get to the edge on stretch plays and make a strong cut… Plays with good balance and has the power to break tackles and/or move a pile… Excellent upper body strength and a punishingÂ straight arm,…Â Has a nice spin move to get off of tackles…. Can get the tough yards and will fight hard for them… Solid in pass protection and has a good cut block to take out defenders…
Christine Michael doesnt have elite change of direction skills…. Not used as a receiver out of the backfield enough to determine his effectiveness…. Rounds off his cuts at times… Tends to try and avoid the tackle rather than power ahead at times and it costs him valuable yardage… Needs to protect the rock better carries it like a loaf of bread too often… Tends to play too high when blocking and gets driven back at times…
Overall Michael is a great pick up for the Cowboys and if he can stay healthy will push the other backs for the starting role. He will definitely be an asset on short yardage and goal line situations. I will sleep better at night knowing the front office signed a guy who can get the tough yards.