Historical Comps for Sony Michel’s Rookie Season
Get a free NFL subscription for 3 days.
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.