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Seahawks draft RB Christine Michael after trading back

By Danny O’Neil

RENTON – The Seahawks didn’t hold a first-round pick this year, but they still managed a selection that was nothing short of shocking.

They picked Christine Michael of Texas A&M, and if that name isn’t familiar, well, it’s pronounced “Christian” and his position will have people all over the city scratching their heads.

The Christine Michael file

Position: Running back
School: Texas A&M
Height/Weight: 5-10, 221 lbs.
Drafted: Round 2, 62nd overall
Notable: First name is pronounced like “Christian.” Says he models his game after Marshawn Lynch.

He’s a running back. Yup. Seattle picked someone to play the same position as Marshawn Lynch, who is only coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,590 yards. Not only that, but the Seahawks have Robert Turbin, a running back they chose last year out of Utah State.

Yet, the Seahawks opted to go with Michael, choosing him No. 62 overall. It is the highest the team has chosen a running back since 2002 when it picked Maurice Morris in the second round out of Oregon.

“He’s our kind of runner,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said of Michael. “He’s a tough, intense, up-field, one-cut guy that’s a very good football player. A competitor.”

Michael is 5 feet 10, 221 pounds. He played four seasons at Texas A&M. Michael gained 844 yards rushing as a freshman in 2009 and was named the Big 12’s Offensive Freshman of the Year. However, he started only two games as a senior and finished with 417 yards rushing, the lowest total of his college career. He did not play in the team’s bowl game.

Seattle picked Michael after trading down in the second round, giving up the No. 56 pick to Baltimore to move back six spaces in the second round. The Seahawks received a fifth-round pick and a sixth-rounder for the move. The Ravens chose linebacker Arthur Brown of Kansas State with the second-round choice acquired from Seattle.