At 62, Seattle selects: Christine Michael, RB Texas A&M

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  • ..........................for Pete Carroll/John Schneider/Paul Allen and the Seahawks,..........

    ...........he will be an incredible addition to the team.

    But, this is a risky move (work ethics-wise).

    I (sincerely) hope this man earns his way onto the team (learning from TWO great RB's), and proves EVERYONE wrong.

    In Schneider/Carroll we trust.

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  • dumbrabbit wrote:He can fit Leon Washington's role.

    We're set at Running back for the next 10 years!

    He is 220.
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  • Read option...just got more Real scary.
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  • He reminds me of Adraian Peterson in that he seems to change his direction without slowing down. Could be good kick returner if necessary
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Eric Freakin' Dickerson! Who else??!!
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  • Watching Christine Michael's Texas A&M highlights, I was thinking about different HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL NFL running backs from the past, and who does Michael remind me of? Physically, body type, etc., there are a lot of comparisons you can make.
    A few that come to mind...
    Earl Campbell... Not a bad comparison, but maybe the SECOND closest in my mind
    Barry Sanders... NO, just not that nifty
    Terrell Davis... NO, Michael is faster, but not a bad comparison.
    Emmett Smith... NO, Michael is faster, and just the styles seem different to me.
    Adrian Peterson.... Well, let's not get carried away here. AP is something special, coming back from ACL surgery.

    When I saw Michael break through the line and hit WARP SPEED in a split second... I had flashbacks to Eric Dickerson. Yeah, Dickerson is taller, but that's who came to mind. Like a squatty, stocky Eric Dickerson, that's what his runs look like. He hits the crease, and he is just GONE. Watch Michael's highlights, and that 97 yard run in there... Dickerson-esque. Michael flat out EMBARRASSED the DB who was trying to chase him down. The DB realized he was going to have to really run, and TRIED to turn on the jets, but too late. You could see this on run after run, that he'd break through the line, find a crease, then hit WARP DRIVE, and suddenly he was 2 yards ahead of where other RB's would be, and instead of being tackled, he's PAST the defender.

    Bear with me... not saying he'll have a career like Dickerson's; there's +/- injury, etc. But in terms of the player who his runs most resemble... to me it's Dickerson.

    OK, so another player he absolutely runs like... Darren McFadden of the Ray-Duhs. Similar speed... McFadden had slightly better, downright FREAKISH 40 times, at 4.27 unofficial, 4.34 official. McFadden has had two seasons where he averaged 5 YARDS PER CARRY, though he got injured both seasons. Honestly, I haven't seen McFadden enough, except for the game a couple seasons ago where the Raiders manhandled us.
    But, here's YouTube where you could swap Michael and McFadden and not know which was which.
    McFadden 64 yard TD vs Steelers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1EcEthv74Q
    McFadden torches Jaguars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9v-RmeOPTo
    McFadden highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9v-RmeOPTo

    OK, so I first thought of Dickerson, but upon further review... Christine Michael = Darren Freakin' McFadden, reincarnated! Wait, McFadden's not dead. So a Darren McFadden clone.
    Darren McFadden talent on the last pick of the 2nd round... Nice work, Pete and John!

    Makes me wonder if Tom Cable, with his time around McFadden at Oakland, had some input into the draft thinking, to go after Michael.
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  • You guys are going to think I am nuts, but the first time I see this kid on the his highlights he reminds me of Barry Sanders. I just looked up his Heisman highlite season and they both run alike. I am not saying that Christine will be anything like Barry Sanders, but they sure run in the same stop and accelerate type of style, both very smooth and use good leverage.
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  • This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.
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  • kearly wrote:This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.

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  • Plus if anyone forgot, Seattle has 10 (count em, ten) picks tomorrow.
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  • kearly wrote:This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.


    That's how I felt too, except nothing could top Wilson last year. This ain't bad though.
    I think the closest talent analog is Darren McFadden, who I think was a top 5 pick a few years back.
    Getting that kind of talent in the last pick of the 2nd round... un-freakin-believable.
    And trading down to get a couple extra picks and still get the player they wanted... freakin' amazing!
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  • I like how agile he looks in the open field, graceful and yet has a stiff arm. Great size and speed but needs coaching? Sign me up!

    Love the idea of a running back in the second (first) round.
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  • I like this kid.. his running style is amazing as well. on top of that we gain 2 more picks this year, now tied with San Fran for most picks in the draft at 12.

    Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day, no matter what the draft pundits want to rate it. Because the more intelligent fans know better by this point.
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  • kearly wrote:This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.


    See, usually I am in agreement with you kearly, but for some reason I cannot get behind this pick this time around. I don't see how it fits as i don't see him taking plays away from Marshawn and Turbin. What am I missing? Help a brother out.
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  • it means we have three awesome running backs and will use christine,marshawn,and harvin in the ultra read option and power run the football down the throat of the forty niners! :twisted:
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  • Look at the play at 3:13. He plays FAST! That is really blazing speed right there, with power and jukes. Nice pick.
    Its good to not have big needs.

    Claims to have had flu during the combine. Perhaps he could have run faster? His highlights seem to say he has that kind of speed.

    This guy matches our scheme, one cut and go. MAD acceleration after a cut.
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  • Turbin was okay last year but I worried about him being able to step into Marshawn's boots if the need arose. I didn't see much beasting from him. This kid, runs low, elusive, spins off of solid contact, stiff arms, I feel a lot better about the RB situation with him in the fold.
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  • Does Michael Robinson have anything to sweat about after this pick? I believe he is set to make like 3 mil this year, it might make sense to save some cap space. And yea I know real rob is a fullback, just thinking how the seahawks are going to get these weapons out on the field.
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  • Blitzer88 wrote:
    kearly wrote:This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.


    See, usually I am in agreement with you kearly, but for some reason I cannot get behind this pick this time around. I don't see how it fits as i don't see him taking plays away from Marshawn and Turbin. What am I missing? Help a brother out.


    Blitzer think about Pete and his days at USC, he loved to go running back by committee. This gives us the option of pounding away with Lynch and then keeping fresh legs coming in when need be. Also with Lynches back problems it gives us some more depth so we still have more then one option if ever need be. I think our run game just came up big, we are going to steam roll defenses. I love the pick.
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  • Great feel for the position. Excellent burst. I can't see Turbin contributing anymore. I have to admit I would have rather picked a position where the player could have a shot to compete for major playing time without having to rely on injury to get it, but they did get a very good player. I wanted Arthur Brown, who the Ravens actually ended up drafting in our spot, but I'm excited to watch Michael play. Very likely is in the Shaun Alexander role when he was stuck behind Rickey Watters for a couple years.
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  • I see someone that will keep Harvin from returning all the punts, kick-offs
    Every team needs a third running back
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    Hopefully doesn't lead with the crown of the helmet :)

    Best player available? I don't know but good teams should pick the best and not necessary most skilled.. I do think the move down states that they had several players ranked pretty equally...
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  • Waterhawk1 wrote:You guys are going to think I am nuts, but the first time I see this kid on the his highlights he reminds me of Barry Sanders. I just looked up his Heisman highlite season and they both run alike. I am not saying that Christine will be anything like Barry Sanders, but they sure run in the same stop and accelerate type of style, both very smooth and use good leverage.


    This and those compact frames and huge thighs.
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  • I was thinking about a running back for the seahawks for a while now. I hope to god lynch does not go down this seaon, but atleast we have a one two punch to go in now. This is much better then last years situation as leon could'nt run out of formation for squat. I feel comfortable if lynchs back acts up for a couple weeks. That we have 2 backs that can carry the load.
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  • His injuries and the benching after the turn-over of coaching staff has folks like Gil Brandt calling this a risky pick. I think it makes sense with how NFL teams tend to play their running backs nowadays. I remember wondering what the Saints were thinking when they picked a RB in the 1st round while already having 2 stud running backs.

    Michael's highlight video had me thinking of Leon Washington returning punts that made the difference in several games, like the Patriots game. I understand Tate will now be the starting punt returner for now. I would like to see Christine takeover that job if he can handle it.

    Getting Harvin was huge but having to cut Washington could be a big subtraction. Whether it works out or not, who knows. Not a draftnik so I cannot claim to have insights on whether the pick is worth the angst some have. I like it myself.
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  • I still remember the offense shutting down when Lynch got hurt for that 6-3 Browns game. The OL is better now and Turbin is a good backup but Michael has the potential to be a starter in this league. I don't think it's a bad idea to stockpile talent in this league, with rookie contracts being so valuable -- what's to stop us from trading Turbin if he has another solid year. I see the Jets gave up a draft pick for Chris Ivory.
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  • polarbill1999 wrote:5'10" 220
    4.43 40-9th ranked from combine
    43" vert-1st
    6.69 3 cone-1st
    27 reps-3rd
    4.02 shuttle-1st
    125" broad-2nd

    This kid is a freak athlete.


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  • Solid pick up. You guys have Lynch and Turbin, the bruisers, and now a little 5' 10'' scat back with some power. Reminds me of LaMichael James last year.

    This is a luxury pick. You addressed the needs in free agency (Avril, Harvin and Bennet).

    Some around here should trust the GM in SEA.
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  • Young2Rice wrote:Solid pick up. You guys have Lynch and Turbin, the bruisers, and now a little 5' 10'' scat back with some power. Reminds me of LaMichael James last year.

    This is a luxury pick. You addressed the needs in free agency (Avril, Harvin and Bennet).

    Some around here should trust the GM in SEA.


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  • Seahawk Sailor wrote:
    Young2Rice wrote:Solid pick up. You guys have Lynch and Turbin, the bruisers, and now a little 5' 10'' scat back with some power. Reminds me of LaMichael James last year.

    This is a luxury pick. You addressed the needs in free agency (Avril, Harvin and Bennet).

    Some around here should trust the GM in SEA.


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    I hate to say it but he could be #2 by the end of it.

    Him plus Harvin.... ughh

    This truly is an arms race because with him and Harvin, now we need speed at the edges, badly.
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  • Never hurts to have another guy that has the ability to score on an explosive play when he has the ball in his hands. Especially after Lynch and Turbo wear out the defenders.


    Offense is pretty stacked.
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  • polarbill1999 wrote:5'10" 220
    4.43 40-9th ranked from combine
    43" vert-1st
    6.69 3 cone-1st
    27 reps-3rd
    4.02 shuttle-1st
    125" broad-2nd

    This kid is a freak athlete.


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  • They have to give this guy some touches. I like Turbin a heck of a lot more than Jones or Forsett , but Turbin simply isn't in the same class as this kid.

    There is a reason why Turbin lasted until round four and a reason why Michael went in round two. Michael is about 60 picks better and it jumps out at you on the highlight reels.

    Freaking explosive.
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  • OK, someone with photo editing skills needs to juxtapose a picture of Michael and one of Turbin side by side, with similar angles and captured at similar moments.

    (edit) Here's my attempt at it:

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  • With the new helmet rules on RB's I wouldn't be surprised if Pete wanted to make a move for a shifty make you miss type RB to get away from the bruising styles of Lynch and Turbin. Just adapting to the new rule flag football league
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  • BlueTalon wrote:OK, someone with photo editing skills needs to juxtapose a picture of Michael and one of Turbin side by side, with similar angles and captured at similar moments.


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  • I'm not a scout type at all like some of the posters here, but I have to say that I get really excited when we add a guy who is really excited about being a Seahawk. Speaks to our organization and to how likely the kid is to put in the effort here. I'm sold on this kid from what the smart people are saying and just the general vibes.
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  • I was a bit shocked with this pick as well. Before the draft, I was thinking that RB would be the last thing we would take in the second round. But the more I read, the better this pick sounds.

    First off, we did have a spot on the roster for an RB considering Leon is gone. Plus, I think this will give Turbin some motivation. If he went into his second season feeling that he was entrenched as the second running back he may not have worked as hard. It's all about competetion.

    This is offense is now stacked with talent. If we had injuries at RB or WR last year we would have been hurting, but this year we should be able to withstand them.

    Drafting down to get this guy was a coup as well. Just six picks down to get two extra picks?! That had to score hugely in our favor on the new Draft value charts. This draft is all about depth for us, and now we've got plenty of picks to put quality players behind all of our starters.
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  • pinksheets wrote:I'm not a scout type at all like some of the posters here, but I have to say that I get really excited when we add a guy who is really excited about being a Seahawk. Speaks to our organization and to how likely the kid is to put in the effort here. I'm sold on this kid from what the smart people are saying and just the general vibes.

    The cynic in me says all draftees are excited about being members of their new teams (at least publicly).

    But he seemed to be hooked after visiting here, so in this case I wholeheartedly agree with you.
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  • pinksheets wrote:I'm not a scout type at all like some of the posters here, but I have to say that I get really excited when we add a guy who is really excited about being a Seahawk. Speaks to our organization and to how likely the kid is to put in the effort here. I'm sold on this kid from what the smart people are saying and just the general vibes.


    and another reason I like this pick. Seattle is becoming the place to be! Crazy how fast Schneider and Carroll have transformed this organization.
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    Those are two scary-built individuals.
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  • BlueTalon wrote:
    pinksheets wrote:I'm not a scout type at all like some of the posters here, but I have to say that I get really excited when we add a guy who is really excited about being a Seahawk. Speaks to our organization and to how likely the kid is to put in the effort here. I'm sold on this kid from what the smart people are saying and just the general vibes.

    The cynic in me says all draftees are excited about being members of their new teams (at least publicly).

    But he seemed to be hooked after visiting here, so in this case I wholeheartedly agree with you.

    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Not the "put on the New Era draft cap" type excitement, but that this guy was basically pleading to be drafted by this team after visiting here is awesome. He loves what he saw, he's not just excited to be drafted at all, he's pumped because he got drafted by the team he openly said he wanted to be. That's really cool.
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  • BlueTalon wrote:Those are two scary-built individuals.


    Turbo is built like an M1A1 Abrams. All our running backs are built to lay bricks on folks.
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  • Christine has much larger legs than Turbin. Impressive. That guy looks like he could run through a brick wall. Only concern is the injury history.
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  • I like Turbin, but I will say, I'm really happy with this pick, because I wasn't even close to buying into him as our feature back of the future. I hope we get a couple more good years out of Lynch, but with RB's, better to hedge your bets and count on getting zero.
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  • HansGruber wrote:Christine has much larger legs than Turbin. Impressive. That guy looks like he could run through a brick wall. Only concern is the injury history.


    That's because Turbin's Arms ate his Legs, then had a couple tree trunks for desert.
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  • I like the pick, but I don't get why some feel the need to downplay Turbin. Turbin is just as fast, has a quick burst, and is pretty shifty. We're absolutely LOADED at RB, and I wouldn't be worried if either Turbin or Michael was starting in relief of the Beast. If Sweezy makes a big jump and Carpenter can stay healthy, sweet dear lord baby jesus. :shock:

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say we lead the NFL in big plays this year. The read-option with that much speed and nastiness at RB, combined with Harvin and Tate's playmaking, multiplied by the Russell Wilson factor!? In the immortal words of Mayock, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?"

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  • I just love this pick! I mean, the Seahawks pick an offensive playmaker with their first pick of the draft... Think about that. Not a lineman to fill a glaring need or anything like that... This is where we are!
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  • kearly wrote:This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.


    Sure but how'd that work out?

    I do see one problem with this pick. When we are up by 24 after the half and subbing in our backups to spell the starters we are going to be repeatedly accused of running up the score. That's a big problem. Don't you guy's remember all the flack we got from the league about this thing back in 09? Wait, that's not right.
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  • RichNhansom wrote:
    kearly wrote:This pick gained serious traction with me over the last couple weeks. The more I looked at our roster, the more I looked at the available talent, the more I looked for guys that fit with monster upside, Michael stuck out like a sore thumb. I was so happy to see Eddie Lacy fall, because I figured he'd fall on the sword for Michael when the Packers inevitably took a power RB right in front of us and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.

    A week before the draft, I had Seattle taking Michael in the 4th round, because I thought he could last that long. But after hearing that he was being talked about in round 2 a few days before the draft, I started to seriously think of him as a 2nd round prospect and when I really thought it over, Michael was a more exciting and better pick in round 2 than anyone else, and I reflected that by having Seattle take Michael in the 2nd round during my final mock draft. It's the pick I expected Seattle to make, but it's also the pick I was hoping for by the very end. This pick got me up off my couch and firing off high fives. GREAT pick by Seattle. Reminds me of how I felt when they got Irvin and Wilson last year.


    Sure but how'd that work out?

    I do see one problem with this pick. When we are up by 24 after the half and subbing in our backups to spell the starters we are going to be repeatedly accused of running up the score. That's a big problem. Don't you guy's remember all the flack we got from the league about this thing back in 09? Wait, that's not right.


    Haters will always find some way to hate on the Hawks. It's the NFL, you're supposed to run up the score!
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