Christine Michael: How Will Seattle's Newest RB Fare in the Pros?

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2013

What will Christine Michael bring to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 season?
What will Christine Michael bring to the Seattle Seahawks during the 2013 season?Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

With the final pick of the second round, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Christine Michael from Texas A&M. The first pick of the 2013 NFL draft from Seattle was a surprising one considering the Seahawks already have Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on their roster.

However, Michael is an extremely talented running back who slipped down draft boards due to questions surrounding his overall work ethic. Here's a look at how we see him faring in the NFL.


Pro Outlook

Michael is one of the most gifted running backs in this year's draft class in terms of natural abilities. He's an incredibly athletic running back who simply makes plays once the ball touches his hands.

Not only does Michael have great athleticism, but he is also a physical runner. He consistently runs through contact and always seems to pick up extra yards after the first hit.

He did struggle with injuries throughout his collegiate career, and his pass protection needs to improve. However, in terms of pure ability, Michael looks every part of an NFL running back.


Fantasy Outlook

Unless you're in a dynasty league, it's going to be hard to find a reason to draft Michael this season. Lynch and Turbin will get the majority of the carries each game for Seattle, so Michael will have little to no impact in fantasy football as a rookie.


Roster Outlook

Michael will likely start the season as the No. 3 running back on the roster behind Lynch and Turbin. Unless there are injuries, it's hard to see Michael making much of an impact at all this season.


Pick Analysis

As talented as Michael is, this pick simply doesn't make much sense for the Seahawks. They already have two talented running backs on their roster, with Turbin only entering his second year in the league.

While Seattle didn't have many needs on its roster, almost any position would have been better to address than running back. Michael is a great player, but it's hard to make much sense of this pick for the Seahawks.

Grade: C-