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Prospect Profile: Georgia RB Sony Michel

Posted Apr 21, 2018

Sony Michel

Running back | Georgia | Senior

Height: 5-foot-11| Weight: 220 pounds 

College Stats

2017: played in 14 games with two starts; rushed 156 times for 1,227 yards (7.9 yards per carry) with 16 touchdowns; added nine receptions for 96 yards and a score; named season-long team captain; named Bulldogs Co-Offensive MVP and team’s most versatile offensive player; Offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl; named to All-Bowl Team by ESPN and Rivals.com 

Career: played in 47 career games with 11 starts; rushed 591 times for 3,638 yards (6.2 yards per carry) with 33 touchdowns; added 64 receptions for 621 yards and six scores; rushing total ranks third in school history and 16th all-time in the SEC; named season-long team captain in 2016 and 2017; named Bulldogs Co-Offensive MVP and team’s most versatile offensive player as a senior; Offensive MVP of the 2018 Rose Bowl; named to All-Bowl Team by ESPN and Rivals.com as a senior; named team’s Offensive MVP as a sophomore; earned Third-Team All-American honors by Phil Steele in 2015

 

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds (tied for ninth among running backs)

Bench press: 22 reps of 225 pounds (tied for fifth among running backs)

Broad jump: did not participate

Vertical jump: did not participate

3-cone drill: did not participate

20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds (tied for sixth among running backs)

Profile 

Summary: Michel started just 11 games during his career as he shared the Georgia backfield with a host of other talented runners. But he made the most of his opportunities, racking up the third-most rushing yards in school history during his four-year career. Michel also had a nose for the end zone as a senior, scoring 16 of his 33 career rushing touchdowns in his final season with the Bulldogs.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote the running back loves to find a hole and hit it, writing “Michel is a well-built, no-nonsense runner who is able to combine vision, burst and physicality.” Zierlein also predicted Michel to fare well at the next level as “his size, pass protection and ability to create yardage make him a natural fit as a future NFL starter.” 

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock had Michel as his No. 3 running back after the combine, moving him up a spot after the annual workout in Indianapolis. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks also moved Michel up a spot after the combine, listing him fourth in his latest rankings. ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr., listed Michel as his fifth-ranked running back in the draft.

A Familiar Name: Michel’s brother, Marken, spent time with the Vikings during the 2017  offseason and training camp after his career at the University of Massachusetts.