Texas A&M RB Christine Michael was the Seahawks pick in the second round.
photo courtesy of Texas A&M University
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks continue to prove that no one can predict what they will do when the NFL Draft rolls around.
In true John Schneider fashion, the Seahawks traded down when they went on the clock for the first time with the 56th pick. Seattle moved down six picks to the final selection of the second round in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens.
In return the Seahawks picked up two more selections on the final day of the draft. Seattle picked up a fifth round pick (No. 165 overall) and a sixth round pick (No. 199 overall).
When Seattle was finally up for making a selection, it once again was something no one expected. The Seahawks selected Texas A&M RB Christine Michael with the No. 62 overall selection.
Despite having RB Marshawn Lynch locked up to a long-term deal and last year's fourth round pick, RB Robert Turbin, on the roster, Seattle felt Michael was still the best choice to make.
He has some baggage and a history of injuries but has some very intriguing tools as well. At 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, Michael still ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. He overslept at the NFL Combine and missed two meetings with NFL teams. He said he was very sick and took medication to help him sleep. It worked - too well.
"I was terribly sick even performing on that Sunday," Michael said. "I couldn't give my best out there. I had flu-like symptoms and I just felt bad. I felt terrible and I took that Nyquil and that Mucinex and it knocked me right out."
Michael suffered a broken leg in 2010 and tore his ACL late in the 2011 season. He also struggled to find a role on the field last season under head coach Kevin Sumlin. He was suspended for the team's game against SMU and didn't play in the Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma.
Michael visited the Seahawks a couple weeks back and hoped they would be the team that selected him.
"Just the whole city, Pete Carroll, the GM, the players, the coaches and Earl Thomas who is from Orange (Tex.) and who's a 409 kid like me," Michael said. "Everybody seemed so legit and so loyal and down to earth. It just was a great place to be. I have no complaints. Definitely not."
Head coach Pete Carroll said that despite the additions to aid the passing game, Seattle is still a run-first team and Michael adds to the component.
"We ran the ball more than anybody in the NFL last year so we want this position loaded up. I think the chance to get another good strong tough guy like we did just adds to the theme of what we’re trying to present as a team," Carroll said.
With their third round selection, Seattle addressed a position more widely considered to be one of need. The Seahawks took Penn State DT Jordan Hill with the 87th overall pick.
Hill played both the nose tackle and 3-technique positions for the Nittany Lions and Carroll said he would initially start out at 3-tech for Seattle in passing situations.
"He’ll be right in the rotation," Carroll said. "He’s different than the guys we have. He has really nice quickness, he’s got the ability to get on the edge and get in the backfield and penetrate. He’s a really good effort guy, which we always like that, he’s a very active kid, and because he is different, he’ll be right in the rotation and we’ll see how it fits."
Schneider said the talent of the defensive tackles available fell off pretty considerably after Hill and they felt the need to pounce before they lost their opportunity.
"Defensive tackle was definitely a need for us, adding depth to the position, Schneider said. "That was the one spot that quite honestly when you’re putting it together that you’re a little nervous that maybe you’re pushing players because of a need. We felt like there was a ledge here with Jordan. We couldn’t pass on Christine Michael because of where he was on our board and how highly we regarded him, but this was like the next tier of defensive tackles. There was a fairly big drop off."
The Seahawks currently have 10 selections on the final day of the draft. As it sits, Seattle has a fourth round pick (No. 123), three fifth round picks (No. 138, No. 159, No. 165), two sixth round picks (No. 194, No. 199) and four seventh round picks (No. 220, No. 231, No. 241, No. 242).
Seattle selected Penn State DT Jordan Hill with their third round selection.
photo courtesy of Penn State University.
|National Football League Draft - Round 2|
|2.||34.||Tennessee (from KAN)||Justin Hunter||WR||Tennessee|
|4.||36.||Detroit||Darius Slay||CB||Mississippi State|
|5.||37.||Cincinnati (from OAK)||Giovani Bernard||RB||North Carolina|
|6.||38.||San Diego (from ARI)||Manti Te'o||LB||Notre Dame|
|7.||39.||NY Jets||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|8.||40.||San Francisco (from TEN)||Cornellius Carradine||DE||Florida State|
|10.||42.||Oakland (from MIA)||Menelik Watson||OT||Florida State|
|11.||43.||Tampa Bay||Johnthan Banks||CB||Mississippi State|
|13.||45.||Arizona (from SDC)||Kevin Minter||LB||LSU|
|14.||46.||Buffalo (from STL)||Kiko Alonso||LB||Oregon|
|15.||47.||Dallas||Gavin Escobar||TE||San Diego State|
|16.||48.||Pittsburgh||LeVeon Bell||RB||Michigan State|
|17.||49.||NY Giants||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State|
|19.||51.||Washington||David Amerson||CB||NC State|
|20.||52.||New England (from MIN)||Jamie Collins||LB||Southern Miss|
|22.||54.||Miami (from IND)||Jamar Taylor||CB||Boise State|
|23.||55.||San Francisco (from GBP)||Vance McDonald||TE||Rice|
|24.||56.||Baltimore (from SEA)||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State|
|25.||57.||Houston||D.J. Swearinger||S||South Carolina|
|27.||59.||New England||Aaron Dobson||WR||Marshall|
|28.||60.||Atlanta||Robert Alford||CB||SE Louisiana|
|29.||61.||Green Bay (from SFX)||Eddie Lacy||RB||Alabama|
|30.||62.||Seattle (from BAL)||Christine Michael||RB||Texas A&M|
|National Football League Draft - Round 3|
|1.||63.||Kansas City||Travis Kelce||TE||Cincinnati|
|6.||68.||Cleveland||Leon McFadden||CB||San Diego State|
|9.||71.||St. Louis (from BUF)||T.J. McDonald||S||USC|
|10.||72.||NY Jets||Brian Winters||OT||Kent State|
|11.||73.||Tampa Bay||Mike Glennon||QB||NC State|
|12.||74.||Dallas (from CAR)||Terrance Williams||WR||Baylor|
|13.||75.||New Orleans||Terron Armstead||OT||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|14.||76.||San Diego||Keenan Allen||WR||California|
|16.||78.||Buffalo (from STL)||Marquise Goodwin||WR||Texas|
|17.||79.||Pittsburgh||Markus Wheaton||WR||Oregon State|
|18.||80.||Dallas||J.J. Wilcox||S||Georgia Southern|
|19.||81.||NY Giants||Damontre Moore||DE||Texas A&M|
|20.||82.||New Orleans (from CHI)||Jonathan Jenkins||DT||Georgia|
|21.||83.||New England (from MIN)||Logan Ryan||CB||Rutgers|
|25.||87.||Seattle||Jordan Hill||DT||Penn State|
|26.||88.||San Francisco (from GBP)||Corey Lemonier||DE||Auburn|
|27.||89.||Houston||Brennan Williams||OT||North Carolina|
|28.||90.||Denver||Kayvon Webster||CB||South Florida|
|29.||91.||New England||Duron Harmon||S||Rutgers|
|30.||92.||St. Louis (from ATL)||Stedman Bailey||WR||West Virginia|
|31.||93.||Miami (from SFX)||Will Davis||CB||Utah State|
|32.||94.||Baltimore||Brandon Williams||DT||Missouri Southern|
|34.||96.||Kansas City||Knile Davis||RB||Arkansas|