Defending the Seahawks 2013 NFL Draft: Running Back

Running Back? Why Not?

The NFL draft has come and gone, and some people are still left scratching their heads.

With the 62nd pick the Seattle Seahawks drafted Christine Michael – running back out of Texas A&M.

There are a few ways to react to this pick. One way is to question it like every other analyst seems to do whenever Pete and John make a selection in the early rounds. Or, you could go with the seemingly more popular “I have faith in the front office, considering their track record in previous drafts.”

Personally, I like to dig a little deeper. Try to get into the magical wardrobe of mystical lands and wonders that is the mindset of Pete and John.

Not a simple task by any means, but that’s what we’re here for right?

So why Christine Michael? Why not?

Texas A&M Standout

Michael is a perfect fit for the Seahawks‘ persona. A player with unbelievable athletic ability who dropped in the draft due to off-field issues and injury-riddled seasons. That could be the title of the book soon to be written by the Seattle scout team.

Michael could be the future of Seattle. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

Michael could be the future of Seattle. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

Michael provided evidence of this profile at the NFL combine, where set the combine record for running backs in the vertical jump – 43 inches – topped the list in the cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, yet slept through two team interviews.

His 4.43 40-yard time gives the idea that Michael will fill the third down back void left by the release of Leon Washington. But I think there might be bigger plans at work here…

Nobody is going to take the place of Beast Mode. That much you can count on. But it is no secret that he has been the workhorse in Seattle since he stepped off the plane from Buffalo.

The Seahawks ran the ball more times than any other team in the league last season with 536 carries. Considering Lynch was given 315 of those, you wonder how much fatigue could factor into his performance down the stretch.

Insert the running back-by-committee mantra – aka the fantasy football killer.

I love Turbo, but I honestly see Christine Michael taking carries as the number 2 back.

His ridiculous athleticism and one-cut running ability is ideal for this style of offense. Plus – as I said last season – Turbin’s running style is too similar to Lynch. He is a power back. Why not have a speedster spell with Marshawn to give the defenses a different look? Not to mention Michael prefers contact as well, so it won’t be too much of a transition for the offensive line.

Schneider gave his reasoning for drafting the Beaumont, Texas native:

“He’s our kind of runner,” Schneider said. “He’s a tough, intense, up-field, one-cut guy. A very good football player.”

Michael wasn’t the only running back taken, however, as Spencer Ware was picked at 194.

The back out of LSU is a bruising force to be reckoned with at 228 pounds. He lacks the elite speed, but excels in yards after contact.

It has been rumored that Ware will be transitioned to full back where he may replace fan favorite Michael Robinson. I highly doubt that.

Mike Rob is well paid for a fullback, but also is the best at his position in the league – in my opinion. People argue he could be replaced. They obviously don’t realize the importance of an efficient fullback in an offense such as Seattle’s.

He has a great feel for Marshawn while leading out of the backfield, and his off-field youtube series The Real Rob Report gives fans another reason to love the guy. I don’t see him leaving – and to be honest, don’t see Ware making the team.

No matter the case, this was a successful draft. They got stronger at their most efficient position. How can you argue with that? Just another reason to be excited for this upcoming season.

Go Hawks!!!


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