Sony Michel Draft Profile

Sony Michel

Strengths:

  • Decisive runner
  • Acceleration
  • Strong lower half
  • Sets up blocks
  • Pass protection
  • Leadership
  • Open field vision
  • Runs with discipline

Analysis: Sony Michel didn’t get a lot of the publicity at Georgia, a lot went to Nick Chubb, but it is Michel who will be the better pro. He is a decisive runner who rarely takes unnecessary losses by trying to be the hero. Runs with discipline and looks for the optimal path. Able to gather and cut quickly as inside zone and gap runner. Has good burst after cuts. Flashes acceleration to climb past linebackers and onto safeties quickly. Six of his touchdown runs went for 16 yards or more this year. His lower body is very strong and that allows him to run through arm tackles. Plus balance through contact. Michel has good open field vision to extend runs with second level moves, but will drop his pads and meet force with force when it’s time to finish. Understands the art of setting up lead blockers and pulling guards. Highly respected, vocal leader. Excellent in blitz pickup. Understands his blocking responsibilities and will square up and take on rushers. Two-year captain.

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of agility
  • Serviceable pass catcher, but has dealt with drops
  • Hip tightness
  • Open field balance
  • Takes on too much contact at times

Analysis: Sony Michel has solid vision, but his lack of agility precludes him from making late cuts to elude oncoming tacklers. Low knee action in early stages of the run causes him to trip over blockers feet when trying to squeeze through tight running lanes. More angular runner than one who can make sharp cuts. Had some huge rushing lanes to work with thanks to scheme and improved blocking in 2017. Open field balance is inconsistent. Will duck head and finish prematurely if he doesn’t see an early opening to work with. Serviceable as pass catcher, but has had issues catching it cleanly.

Size: 5’11 220lbs

Draft Rank: No.5 RB

NFL Comparison: Kenyan Drake

Draft Projection: Round 2

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