Historical Comps for Sony Michel’s Rookie Season

Continuing our look back at the 2018 rookie class, we turn our attention to the man who scored the only touchdown of Super Bowl LIII, Sony Michel. A few eyebrows were raised when the Patriots spent a first-round draft pick on the former Georgia Bulldog, and there may still be a few long-term question marks surrounding him. We’ll take a look back at the positives, and negatives, of Michel’s first year in the NFL. We’ll also look at a few players who enjoyed a similar rookie season to Michel and see how they followed it up in Year 2 and beyond. In order to find some comparisons for the first year from Michel,  I set the RotoViz Screener
to find rookies from 2008 to 2018, and selected some basic production and usage numbers as variables. I also included the draft pick. The influence of draft pick on a player’s opportunity declines over time, but it’s still relevant heading into a player’s second season. Then I asked the Screener to find seasons comparable to my target player.
That task complete, let’s take a look at the top comparable players for Michel’s first year in the NFL.

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