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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Running Back Sony Michel

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs stands on the field during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Sony Michel #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs stands on the field during the second quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile for running back Sony Michel out of Georgia breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

When it comes to running back Sony Michel out of Georgia, many traits come to mind. He’s a natural born playmaker that scored a good amount of touchdowns through the ground and air. Michel is more of a power running back and has no problems going through defenders if it means getting a first down or scoring.

Of course, Michel has a few things to work on from improving his outside rushing plays, knowing when to be patient to find better rushing lanes, and cleaning up his receiving abilities besides when in 1st and goal situations.

Here’s a full draft profile on Michel that breaks down his strengths, weaknesses, showcases his power rushing skill-set via video highlights, and a draft day prediction as to when he’ll be selected.

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STRENGTHS

Michel spent all four years at Georgia to hone his craft to take his career to the next level. Loves to work out and maintain his strength to be a force to reckon with every single time he has the football.

Focuses on being more of an interior running back as he’ll plow through the middle of his offensive line to burst out quickly on big gaining plays. Averaged 6.1 yards per carry as he totaled 33 rushing touchdowns in his collegiate career. Has great elusiveness and breaks tackles with ease and precision once he’s at full speed.

WEAKNESSES

Must work on improving his abilities when assigned outside rushing plays as he struggles on toss plays or halfback screens. Mostly known for using his strength to rush up the middle but sometimes doesn’t make good decisions on which gap to go through and ends up getting tackled for a loss. Must be coached and trained to be patient once the football is in his hands as often times he’ll use his strength to overpower instead of using football instincts to rush through better situations.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Michel has what it takes to be a starter in the pros but has to work on adding more skills to his arsenal to be a complete running back. Once he’s able to work on his outside rushing abilities, can easily be an every-down option. Expect to see Michel selected in the mid to late third round of this year’s draft.

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