2018 NFL Draft Prospect: Sony Michel

Georgia enters a New Year’s Day bowl clash with Oklahoma in a game that has National Championship implications. The Bulldogs feature what some consider the top backfield in college football. With Nick Chubb stealing most of the headlines, fellow running back Sony Michel deserves a great deal of attention as well. Monday’s game will offer a perfect opportunity for scouts and fantasy owners alike to get a glimpse of two of the top backs in the 2018 class.


Georgia has a long and storied history of producing elite level running backs, and the current crop is no different. While Nick Chubb immediately looked like a world beater in 2014 as a freshman replacing Todd Gurley, Michel has produced a quietly solid career. Coming out of high school as the sixth-ranked RB, Michel would have easily been the lead back at most college programs. Instead Michel had to work to get on the field and make the most of his opportunities in a crowded and talented backfield. As a freshman, Michel acquitted himself well, accounting for 516 yards from scrimmage and 6 touchdowns on limited opportunities. His 6.4 yards per carry as well as 15.1 yards per reception showed the big play potential of the young back. Unfortunately for Michel, Chubb proved himself as an All-American, rushing for over 1,500 yards and scoring 20 TDs.

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