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Scout’s take on RB Christine Michael

Post by Eric Williams on April 27, 2013 at 9:55 am with 9 Comments »
April 27, 2013 10:05 am

Matt Berry, the Seahawks southwest area scout in charge of scouting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, told reporters on Friday that the team got an ideal fit for Tom Cable’s zone blocking system.

“He’s a really explosive back,” Berry said. “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.”

Berry said he’s been scouting him for a couple years, and that both he and Seahawks general manager John Schneider were at Texas A&M’s game against Oklahoma in 2011 when Michael suffered his ACL knee injury.

Berry said that Michael recovered nicely from the knee surgery, and that he’s been training in Houston with Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.

“We’re obviously aware of it with running backs and their durability is an issue,” Berry said. “But I went in there in August and Coach (Jeff) Sumlin showed me a clip of him running in August, and he looked like the same back.

“You basically just look at the movement, and he was as explosive as he was before the injury. I don’t know if he told you, but he had been working out with Adrian Peterson from that offseason in Houston, he’s from East Texas. I think he’s really worked himself
back into shape, and the traits jump of a tape.”

Berry addressed the issue of redundancy with Michael having a similar skill set to Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.

“They’re all a little different,” Berry said. “He is a traditional one cut, downhill guy. Marshawn has a little bit more swag, Robert Turbin was a little different coming out last year in that their offense was totally different, and he was more lateral before he would go. Like he would pick and choose.

“Christine is just downhill now. You see the burst at the line of scrimmage, he’s physical, he has a lot of contact power, and then he has a gear where he could finish.”

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  1. HonHawksLSB says:

    I’m waiting for us to trade up, but time is running out??? Not sure what we are going to do with all these picks?

  2. Awesome coverage today, Eric and Dave!

  3. Uh reading between the lines “Robert Turbin was a little different coming out last year in that their offense was totally different, and he was more lateral before he would go. Like he would pick and choose.” Sounds like Berry does not think that Turbin is a good fit for the one cut and go zone blocking scheme. Though I think Turbin did great last year.
    To me an amateur, it seems like the scout Barry is focused on running ability only. Running is number one when selecting a RB but he never mentioned pass catching and blocking skills; which are very important if the Hawks run a lot of one back offensive plays.

  4. Chris Harper is one of the guys I wanted…woo hoo!


  5. via SI:
    Chris Harper may not be as highly touted as several of the other receivers in this draft class and may not have comparable production numbers because of inconsistent QB play at Kansas State, but he clearly has the physical skill set to start at the next level. He consistently wins 50/50 balls because of his ability to get inside positioning and outplay defenders for the ball in the air, and he is able to create separation with physicality on his breaks and subtle push offs before the ball arrives. He has a outstanding hands and a huge catching radius, and is an extremely competitive runner once the ball is in his hands. The biggest question on Harper’s game is whether or not he will be able to create consistent separation, as he tends to get a bit stiff when changing directions and lacks the ability to accelerate out of his breaks. While his lack of innate explosiveness will likely prevent him from ever becoming a true #1 receiver, but he should develop into a highly productive #2 receiver that stays on the field in all situations because of his blocking .

  6. also: 4.44 40

  7. Based on what I’ve read, I really don’t like this one.

    Apparently Michael is seen by some writers as a signal of “# You” to the 49’s more than having any other purpose. History of injury, history of inappropriate behavior, benched by his college coach for his final game due to behavioral issues.

    C’mon guys; you’ve done a lot of good stuff; but winning is more important than playing gamesmanship with SF.

    As we already have to very good RB’s under long term contract & do have some areas of need, this looks like an AWFUL pick.

  8. Mr Williams, why, in the video after the VMAC interview with the (scout?) does the police cheif of federal way start talking about multiple police gunning down a suspect? It sounded like they just shot down our new RB?

  9. Don’t know ’bout y’all, but I’m gonna refer to Christine (pronounced ‘Chris TEN’) in writing as Chris Michael to avoid any confusion.

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