SONY MICHEL

Georgia
RB

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Plantation, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
220 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.91
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.54
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.21
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Michel (pronounced ME-shell) is the son of Haitian immigrants who found jobs after their son gained fame for his play at the high school level (he began carrying the ball for American Heritage High as an eighth-grader). The USA Today Florida Player of the Year as a senior, Michel was rated among the top 20 recruits in the country. He got work as a true freshman (64 rush, 410 yards, five TD; 7 receptions, 106 yards, TD), playing in eight games and gaining a start in the Belk Bowl against Louisville. Michel was the team's Offensive MVP and earned the Charley Trippi Most Versatile Player Award as a sophomore by running for 1,161 yards and eight scores on 219 rushes and 270 yards and three touchdowns on 26 receptions. The hits kept coming in 2016, as the team captain ran behind his pads, broke ankles and accelerated into the open field on his way to 840 yards and four scores on 152 carries (22 receptions, 149 yards, one TD). Michel won Offensive MVP award in the Liberty Bowl win over TCU by gaining 87 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards while scoring twice. Though he started only two games in 2017, scouts saw his immense potential in 14 contests; Michel ran for 1,227 yards on just 156 totes, an outstanding 7.9 yards per attempt, and scored 16 times on the ground. He also showed his wiggle and power on nine receptions covering 96 yards and a touchdown for the SEC champions.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 2
NFL Comparison
Knowshon Moreno
Overview
Michel is a well-built, no-nonsense runner who is able to combine vision, burst, and physicality. While he can make open field cuts to find additional yardage, his running style is more angular in nature and he thrives when playing north-south. He's not the most creative runner and he lacks some finesse, but his size, pass protection and ability to create yardage make him a natural fit as a future NFL starter.
Strengths
  • Muscular, well-proportioned frame
  • Decisive runner who rarely takes unnecessary losses by trying to be the hero
  • Runs with discipline and looks for the optimal path
  • Able to gather and cut quickly as inside zone and gap runner
  • Has good burst after cuts
  • Flashes acceleration to climb past linebackers and onto safeties quickly
  • Six of his touchdown runs went for 16 yards or more this year
  • Stout lower body can rip through arm tackles and allows for plus balance through contact
  • Has good open field vision to extend runs with second level moves, but will drop his pads and meet force with force when it's time to finish
  • Understands the art of setting up lead blockers and pulling guards
  • Highly respected, vocal leader
  • Excellent in blitz pickup
  • Understands his blocking responsibilities and will square up and take on rushers
  • Two-year captain
Weaknesses
  • Has some tightness in his hips
  • Lack of agility precludes him from making late cuts to elude incoming tacklers
  • Low knee action in early stages of the run causes him to trip over blockers feet when trying to squeeze through tight running lanes
  • More angular runner than one who can make sharp cuts
  • Had some huge rushing lanes to work with thanks to scheme and improved blocking in 2017
  • Open field balance is inconsistent
  • Plays with aging bull mentality in short yardage and needs to improve his feel for finding creases
  • Will duck head and finish prematurely if he doesn't see an early opening to work with
  • Serviceable as pass catcher, but has had issues catching it cleanly
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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league