by: Chris Francis Updated:
SEATTLE - The Seahawks surprised NFL analysts and fans by trading down in the second round and then increased the shock factor by taking a running back with that pick, their first in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Christine Michael's first name might look and sound female, but Michael, a 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back from Texas A&M, plays so tough the Seahawks said they couldn't pass him up at the end of the second round, the 62nd pick overall.
Many experts believed the Seahawks were a lock to take a defensive player with their first pick but head coach Pete Carroll explained their thought process, "You know, we ran the ball more than anybody in the NFL last year so we wanted this position loaded up, so I think to get another good, strong, tough guy like we did adds to the theme."
Michael does come with some baggage, as injuries shortchanged his sophomore and junior years at Texas A&M, and trouble with the coaching staff last year meant he didn't play much. He was even suspended for a time but Hawks general manager John Schneider said those issues won't be a problem here.
"He had a little rough stretch when he tore his ACL. He had a new coaching staff come in and went through a whole offensive change and he had to adapt."
Friday night, Michael spoke with reporters by phone at the VMAC in Renton and said Marshawn Lynch is one of his favorite players and he wants to impress when he arrives in mid-May.
"Playing pro ball has been my dream since day one ... I just want to come into the league, do it for my family, do it for my daughter, be something I can't even imagine being, " Michael said.
After Michael, in round three the Seahawks got their defensive player. Jordan Hill, a 300-pound tackle from Penn State. The coaching staff believes he'll fit right in.
"We've been trying to get more activity inside for the pass rush and all that, and this is the guy we though was one of the best guys in the draft at creating space for himself in the pass rush."
The Seahawks have 10 more picks in the final four rounds of the draft Saturday where they are hoping to land a few more "diamonds in the rough."