Sony Michel and Isaiah Wynn will join fellow Dawgs David Andrews and Malcolm Mitchell on the New Englan Patriots roster for the 2018 NFL season. Michel was the 31st pick in the draft and many were surprised that he went in the first round – especially to New England as a running back – including Michel. The Pats have not selected a running back in the first round since 2006.
“I was startled, I was excited,” said Michel, a Plantation, Fla. native who watched the draft at home with his family. “I’m just honored to be able to get a call from a prestigious program like the Patriots. It was just excitement. No words can really describe what the feeling was like.” – Nora Princiotti – Boston Globe
Here is the Globe’s analysis of Michel:
“A shifty runner between the tackles, Michel doesn’t waste time attacking run lanes and bursting to the second level of the defense. He does an excellent job reading his blockers and finding creases, creating burst off his plant foot to string moves together. Michel would benefit from added patience to his run style and can outrun his blockers. However, in some schemes, the same urgency that made him special and productive in college will be a benefit. Michel typically took the field in third-down situations because he was a trusted blocker and receiver. Scouts question his ball security after Michel fumbled 12 times in four seasons. Durability is another major ding on the scouting report. However, Michel has all the ingredients of a NFL starting back.”