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Seahawks take RB Christine Michael with 62nd pick

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Leave it to general manager John Schneider and the Seattle Seahawks to toss in another surprise at a position where they appeared set.

With linebacker and the line of scrimmage seeming to be Seattle's priorities, the Seahawks went for a running back, selecting Texas A&M's Christine Michael with the 62nd overall selection, the final pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

The selection was another surprise move by the Seahawks, picking up a bruising back to join Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Not surprising, when asked which NFL running back he tries to emulate, Michael said, "Marshawn Lynch."

"He fits our scheme," Seattle area scout Matt Berry said. "We want to run the ball. That's our style that we want to play and you can't have enough of those guys."

The Seahawks held the 56th overall selection but traded with Baltimore to drop back six spots and also picked up additional fifth- and sixth-round selections. The 62nd overall pick was the latest selection in Seattle's draft history.

The used that selection on a running back that saw limited action his senior season with the Aggies, but still rushed for 12 touchdowns. With the coaching change at Texas A&M between his junior and senior years, and a change in offensive styles, that led to fewer chances for Michael.

There were also reports of Michael getting in trouble with new Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and oversleeping at the NFL combine when he was fighting illness and taking medication.

"Like I mentioned in all of my interviews, the coaching change was definitely a difficult situation for me ... but it was worth it," Michael said. "I lived and I learned from it. The coaching change there was definitely some adversity I had to overcome and I did. I grew up a lot learning from that stuff."

Both his sophomore and junior seasons were cut short by injuries. He rushed for 899 yards in nine games as a junior in 2011 before suffering a torn ACL. A year early, Michael suffered a broken leg and was limited to eight games.

Still, he finished his college career at Texas A&M averaging 5.28 yards per carry and scored 34 touchdowns in just 40 games.
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