Here Is Why Sony Michel Should Be A First-Round Pick

Here Is Why Sony Michel Should Be A First-Round Pick

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Here Is Why Sony Michel Should Be A First-Round Pick

After spending most of the last four years as a backup for the Georgia Bulldogs, Sony Michel looks like he could launch up many draft boards and become a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Over the course of four years, Michel played in a total of 47 games as a Bulldog. In those 47 games, Michel racked up more than 4,000 total yards from scrimmage and nearly 40 touchdowns.

Michel finished 11 games as a Bulldog with 100 or more rushing yards. In five of those games, Michel racked up at least 150 rushing yards. In comparison, Todd Gurley only had four games of at least 150 rushing yards.

When Michel rushed for 100 or more yards in a game, he didn’t just “barely” get to that mark, he dominated the game. During the 11 games, when Michel went for 100 or more yards, the Bulldogs pulled out nine victories.

Additionally, compared to the top-rated running back in this year’s draft, Saquon Barkley, Scouts and General Managers will probably like the fact that Michel had a much lighter workload in college. During Michel’s four seasons, he picked up 590 carries. Barkley, on the other hand, in only three seasons, picked up 671 carries.

Here are a few stats breaking down his remarkable collegiate career:

Career Rushing Stats (2014-2017):

47 Games

590 Rush Attempts

3,613 Rushing Yards

6.1 Yards/Carry

33 Rushing Touchdowns


Career Receiving Stats (2014-2017):

47 Games

64 Receptions

621 Receiving Yards

9.7 AVG

6 Receiving Touchdowns


Senior Year Rushing Stats (2017):

14 Games

156 Rush Attempts

1,227 Rushing Yards

7.9 Yards/Carry

16 Rushing Touchdowns


Senior Year Receiving Stats (2017):

14 Games

9 Receptions

96 Receiving Yards

10.7 AVG

1 Receiving Touchdowns


Other SEC Greats With a 17-Touchdown Season:

Todd Gurley (2012)

Eddie Lacy (2012)

Marcus Lattimore (2010)

Mark Ingram (2009)

Carnell Williams (2003)

Moe Williams (1995)

Siran Stacy (1989)

Tim Worley (1988)

Reggie Cobb (1987)

Bo Jackson (1985)

Charles Alexander (1977)


Other SEC Greats Who Scored Less Touchdowns Than Sony Michel:

Emmitt Smith (37)

Kerryon Johnson (34)

Eddie Lacy (32)

Knowshon Moreno (32)

Fred Taylor (31)


Number of Games With 100-149 Rushing Yards:

6

10/10/15 – @Tennessee

22 attempts

145 rushing yards

6.6 yards/carry

11/21/15 – Georgia Southern

22 attempts

107 rushing yards

4.9 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

11/28/15 – @Georgia Tech

24 attempts

149 rushing yards

6.2 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

10/09/16 – @South Carolina

21 attempts

133 rushing yards

6.3 yards/carry

11/05/16 – @Kentucky

19 attempts

127 rushing yards

6.7 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

10/28/17 – Florida (neutral site)

6 attempts

137 rushing yards

22.8 yards/carry

2 rushing touchdowns


Number of Games with 150+ Rushing Yards:

5

09/20/14 – Troy

10 attempts

155 rushing yards

15.5 yards/carry

3 rushing touchdowns

11/07/15 – Kentucky

24 attempts

165 rushing yards

6.9 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

11/26/16 – Georgia Tech

19 attempts

170 rushing yards

8.9 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

10/07/17 – @Vanderbilt

12 attempts

150 rushing yards

12.5 yards/carry

1 rushing touchdown

01/01/18 – Oklahoma (Rose Bowl)

11 attempts

181 rushing yards

16.5 yards/carry

3 rushing touchdowns


Number of Multi-Touchdown Games:

8


Here is what some Twitter “experts” have to say about Michel:






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