Welcome to the 20/20 series. As part of our continued Dynasty Scouts coverage and in preparation for the NFL Combine, we will be profiling 20 of the top incoming rookies of the class of 2018 by giving you 20 facts you must know.
1.) Player name – Sony Michel
2) College – Georgia
3.) Height/Weight – 5’11”, 215 lbs
4.) Birth date – 2/17/95 (23 today)
5.) Class – Senior
6.) College stats – 2014-17: 590 carries for 3,613 yards, 64 receptions for 621 yards, 39 total touchdowns
7.) NFL Draft round projection – First or second round. Michel is more “very good” than “elite” at any single thing, but has few major weaknesses and nice versatility. If a team values his multiple dimensions, it’d be no surprise to see him taken in the first round. Additionally, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Damien Harris and Bryce Love decided to stay in college. Michel was taken 36th overall in Matt Miller’s mock draft on February fifth.
8.) Current NFL comp – A rich man’s Jerick McKinnon. I’m not great at finding comparable players for draft prospects, and the case is no different here. The comparison I’ve seen most in my research is Kareem Hunt. But aside from passing game acumen, there’s really not much similar about the two. The “more good everywhere than special anywhere” idea of Michel’s skill set that I have reminds me a lot of Joe Mixon, but the two also have quite different running styles. I’m also tempted to say a slightly-lesser version of Todd Gurley, but am afraid that the college jersey is the cause. Ultimately, McKinnon is a great athlete, capable of a lot of things, and has a similar frame to Michel’s, so I’ll go with him.
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