ESPN's Mel Kiper explains why Sony Michel is a projected higher draft pick than Nick Chubb
Georgia RB Sony Michel can do it all, and NFL talent evaluators have taken notice.
While Nick Chubb received most of the accolades during his career in Athens — and rightfully so, Michel may have higher pro upside. That upside was certainly aided by his incredible Rose Bowl performance, as he rushed for a career-high 181 yards and three TDs in the win over Oklahoma. He also added another receiving TD. Michel finished his senior season rushing for 1,227 yards and 16 TDs.
In fact, Michel’s NFL stock soared in the eyes on ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. Kiper had Michel going in the fourth- or fifth-round, but now thinks he’s a second-round pick.
“(Michel’s) a solid second-round pick,” Kiper said, via Macon.com. “He’s got that burst outside, the bounce outside ability, the inside running ability. He blocks extremely well in pass protection. He catches the ball out of the backfield. I think Sony Michel helped himself late this year. He probably went from a fourth- or fifth-round pick up to a second-round pick.”
The best thing that could have happened to Michel in college was Chubb. All too often we see college RBs enter the NFL with so much mileage that they simply don’t last long, because of the short shelf life. Michel does certainly have some mileage on his wheels, logging 591 college carries, but Chubb took most of the load during his career (758 carries).
Kiper also thinks Michel will be a higher pick than Chubb, and he explained why.
“Late in the year, it was Sony Michel who was the key guy,” Kiper said. “The pass blocking of Michel is better than Chubb. I think the versatility overall, being able to run up the gut inside and bounce outside. That dual versatility as a runner is why Sony Michel has moved ahead of Nick Chubb.”
Of course, draft stock means nothing. It’s not about where you are picked; it’s about what you do with the opportunity once it’s presented, and Chubb and Michel will both likely have nice NFL careers.