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Morning links: Michael an example of picking value vs. need

Post by Eric Williams on April 27, 2013 at 7:35 am with 20 Comments »
April 27, 2013 7:35 am
Texas A&M Aggies running back Christine Michael #33 out-maneuvers Arkansas Razorbacks safety Tramain Thomas #5 during the game between the Texas A&M University Aggies and the Arkansas University Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Arkansas wins against Texas A&M, 42-38. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
Texas A&M Aggies running back Christine Michael #33 out-maneuvers Arkansas Razorbacks safety Tramain Thomas #5 during the game between the Texas A&M University Aggies and the Arkansas University Razorbacks at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Arkansas wins against Texas A&M, 42-38. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune questions the sanity of Seahawks general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll after the team selects running back Christine Michael with the Seattle’s first pick in this year’s draft.

Boling understands Michael is talented, but wonders why add another running back, when other more obvious holes still need to be addressed.

Boling: “So, the Seahawks take a furlough for a day and a half and then finally draft a redundant running back?

What’s next, wasting a pick on the shortest quarterback in the draft? Or taking a 6-foot-3 cornerback with a fifth-round pick, thinking he can become a dominant force?

Maybe draft a 240-pound strong safety, or pick a defensive tackle and move him to guard.

Wait, what? General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll already have done those things the past couple years? And they worked out?

OK, so, they’ve earned some latitude even when their second-round pick is accompanied by a few red flags, such as when they used their first pick of the 2013 draft (62nd overall) on Christine Michael, a running back from Texas A&M.”

Here’s my wrap-up story of Day 2 of this year’s draft for the Seahawks, including more on the reasons Seattle chose Michael.

Jayson Jenks of The Seattle Times notes that Schneider has made six draft day trades during his tenure in Seattle, and all of them have been down.

Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times writes that Schneider and Carroll should be given some leeway because of their success with curious draft choices in the past.

Danny O’Neil 710 ESPN Seattle says Seattle’s two picks on Friday representing the two competing agendas for an NFL front office, balancing need on the roster with bringing in the most talented players available.

ESPN’s Mike Sando reports the Schneider said seeing St. Louis move up to select Tavon Austin at No. 8 overall validated his team’s trade for Percy Harvin.

Check out Carroll and Schneider’s press conference from Friday in this video link.

Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network provides a list of best available players, which includes USC quarterback Matt Barkley and Texas defensive end Alex Okafor.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic writes that the Cardinals will move third round pick Tyrann Mathieu to free safety. Somers writes that cornerback Patrick Peterson, good friends with former LSU teammate Mathieu, helped sell the team on the Honey Badger.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives Seattle a B+ grade for the selections of Michael and Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill.

On Michael: “I love this pick. Yes, he has some off-field issues, but he is a heck of a runner. Does it fill a need? No. But I like it.”

On Hill: “his is a vintage Seahawks pick. They get it. This is a productive inside player on a team that faced a lot of adversity.”

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  1. JMSeaTown says:

    I love it! Every draft everyone is all, “Wow, are they serious. What are they thinking?” JS & PC avoid the noise as well as the robot #3, go hawks!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Today should be exciting: Seattle has 10 picks. 10 picks in 4 rounds. Wow

  3. montanamike2 says:

    This is the day we find a couple of “gems”, hopefully.

  4. Good stuff. Good article, Eric. Once again nobody knows what to make of the Carroll/Schneider draft choices, but they went after guys they know how to use.

    Great depth at key positions: RB and DT. This is a team that will be able to survive an injury to guys like Lynch or Turbin or Mebane or Bennett and still power through.

    Watching all the clips of Hill I can find. He’s a great one to watch. I see a little bit of Mebane in him, though probably will never be as strong. And I see a little bit of Bennett in him too with those great hands and quick moves. Dan Quinn was here when Michael Bennett was a UDFA learning next to Mebane in camp and preseason, and I wouldn’t doubt Quinn had a hand in targeting Jordan Hill. Another guy who has quickness and skills. All these guys can battle. This will be a great group of DTs to watch in camp.

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Quickness is what stood out to me as well, about Hill. They haven’t had that from 3-tech in a very long time.

  6. I understand why Honey Badger cancelled his visit with the Hawks. P. Peterson is his boy and wanted to reunite. I get it and am over it. No biggie.

    Michael looks like he does have some impressive skills. I like Turbin but this guy is a little more dynamic.

    Hill is impressive on the field and in interviews. Should be a nice fit.

    Did anyone else notice that the Rams not only selected Austin but the other starting WR for WVU who looks like a total stud as well? Rams have had a good draft, Bradford has some real weapons and division as a whole is stacked!

    We’ll be lucky to go 10-6 (7-1 @ home, 3-5 on the road). Should be good enough for a playoff spot, but it’s no gimmie and I’m not sure it’ll give them a home playoff game as a division winner.

    Let’s see what (gems) today brings.

    GO HAWKS!

  7. sluggo42 says:

    Christine is a head scratcher? I think the 49ers will be scratching their heads when he comes into the game in the second half and turns a quick 130 yds and two TD’s on them to put the game into laugher mode.

    I just watched a bunch of film on the guy and I am pretty excited about this kat. Dude just explodes through the line and it is off to the races.

    The turvinator had better start learning how to be a fullback or something, cuz he just isn’t in the same league as this kid.

  8. 10 picks in 4 rounds? lol. great.

    Tons of great players left. Guys I like:
    TE Dion Sims
    LG Khaseem Greene
    LB Sean Porter
    LB Jelani Jenkins
    S Robert Lester, Bama
    CB Therold Simon
    CB Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
    DE William Gholston
    DT/DE Kwame Geathers
    OG Earl Watford
    OG Omoregie Uzzi

  9. ChrisHolmes says:

    Being in a position with our roster where we can actually select the best player on our board is pretty cool. I don’t understand the folks who were upset at the Michael pick. I mean, who really thought we were going into a season with only two RB’s? Really? Please.

    You take the best player on your board, regardless of position. If it fills a “need” at the same time, great. If not, it’s depth. And you have to have depth, because this is the NFL, where injuries pile up like cars on a California highway after a rainstorm.

  10. Should be a fun day today. Can’t wait to see what surprises John and Pete have for us. I’m sure we’ll be scratching our heads multiple times. Happy to have Christine Michael on our team. I’ve watched him for years and very glad he is now a Seahawk. Ok John, go get Ryan Swope next!!! :-)

  11. I totally disagree with Boling’s analysis.

    Seattle is a running team. Lynch runs with wreck-less abandon and as a result takes a lot of abuse, he has documented back issues, and he sometimes makes stupid mistakes off the field, which may get him suspended at some point.

    Schneider drafts a guy who can step right in and keep our running game fearsome if Lynch is unavailable. A Superbowl contender needs that kind of depth, and especially a team built around the run.

    This pick not only makes sense as BPA because Michael is arguably the most talented running back in this year’s draft but also because we were one back spasm from losing the focal point and heart-n-soul of this team.

    We now have an understudy and err apparent to Lynch when his skills start to decline or he goes down with a serious injury.

    I think it was a brilliant pick and especially considering how hard it will be for these draft choices to make this team. We really improved our depth at RB, which means over half of our offense is longer one injury away from sputtering.

    We often carry six WRs for 40% of our offense but it’s somehow redundant to have two bruising running backs who make up the other 60% of our offense.

    Turbin is good but he is no Lynch. We’re seeing our FO put the final touches on our Superbowl roster…sit back and enjoy!

  12. Can’t argue with the teams success in picking draft picks, but it seems, especially with the way they evaluate talent, that they could of grabbed a Alfred Morris type back latter in the draft if they were concerned with staying healthy at that position. It seems lately there have been plenty of production from RBs drafted in later rounds. Anyways, Go Hawks.

  13. By the way, BPA doesn’t always make sense.

    If the BPA in every round was a QB should we draft 10 QB’s this year? No, of course not. Need and BPA are both factors.

  14. princeaden says:

    Physically, he looks like DeMarco Murray. If he plays close to that level, the Hawks got another steal.

  15. Ewalters7354 says:

    It kills me when these experts steadily bash the hawks draft picks talking about needs.First, free agency filled mostly every need and they still have 10 picks.Idiots.

  16. Carlsonkid says:

    I think Audible is onto something here ; Beast could well wind up suspended for the first 4 games for last year’s DUI . Honestly guys , it’s a damn weird way to spend your second rounder , but in Schneider / Carroll we trust …

    … and Barkley’s gone , poof .

    Here’s to future Pro Bowlers today my Seahawk brethren !

    Go Hawks !

  17. I’m with you, Audible. A solid stand-in for Beast if he goes down injured is indeed a major need. Depth at RB for the most fearsome running team in the NFL? Definitely a need.

    If Lynch gets injured, this team will not be derailed from their destiny! That’s the message I see in the pick.

    And yes, Dave Boling picked apart the michaels pick, but I think was being a bit tongue-in-cheek there. If you read the whole article, he spelled out the value Carroll and Schneider were seeking and found in Christine Michael.

  18. Actually most people in the media seem scared to criticize the Hawks picks this year b/c our FO has earned latitude.

    I like the picks so far, but if this was year one of their rebuilding project – I guarantee the national talking heads would be talking about how stupid our first two picks are. lol

  19. I think I read a different Boling article than you guys did. The one I read talked about how it doesn’t look like the Seahawks needed a RB but he’s trusting in this regime and the clout they have built up that this is going to turn out to be a good pick when it’s all said and done.

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