As the draft continues to approach, we take a look at players that the Jets have shown interest in, highlight their pros and cons, and see whether or not they would be a good fit with the team. Tonight, we continue that trend, by looking at a player that the Jets have taken increased interest in, according to a report. We know the Jets running game needs help, and a player the Jets are looking at is who we are going to look at tonight. Profile on Texas A & M running back, Christine Michael.
Michael measures in at 5’10″, 220 pounds. He ran a 4.54 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine. He clearly has explosiveness from his legs, with a combine-leading 43″ vertical leap. Here are his stats while at Texas A & M:
Here is some video to get going:
PROS: The first thing you notice is the drive he gets from his thighs. He is a little short at 5’10″, but he has immense thighs for his frame, and they allow him to drive forward with that first step, and he explodes. It doesn’t take him long to get from zero to sixty, if you get the analogy. He has excellent speed with the ball in his hands, and a terrific center of gravity. He has a unique ability to keep his feet after contact.
CONS: He wasn’t used much as a wide receiver, and being able to catch the football out of the backfield is an important skill in a West Coast offense. He also has had injury problems, in both 2010 and 2011, that limited both seasons. He’s good, but not great with changing directions, he stumbles a bit sometimes when he changes directions.
The guy clearly has a nose for the endzone. Christine Michael scored 34 TD’s in four seasons, nothing to frown at. He’s a talented young man, but there are some elements that are lacking, which make me question if he would be a good fit for OUR system. He also slept through meeting at the Combine, which has to make people worried. He would be worth a shot in the middle rounds. Not too early, but don’t wait too long or he will be gone.