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Anyone who has a problem with Sony Michel at this point is just too stubborn to admit they were wrong about him when he started slow. He’s excellent. I do think it’s fair to still wonder whether it was worth taking a running back with a first-round pick. What do you think? – Will C.
Agree with the first part, Will. He was the Patriots’ best skill player Sunday (21 carries, 133 yards, clinching touchdown, and another 40-ish yards wiped out by penalties). More impressive, he was at his best after coming back from an injury that bent his back at an angle that did not seem pleasant, running five times for 42 yards and his touchdown after the injury. That toughness was good to see.
That said, it was kind of an usual first round for the Patriots, because they took two players – Michel and his Georgia teammate, guard/tackle Isaiah Wynn – at positions in which they’ve done a superb job of finding skill and value through the years. It is always a surprise to see a running back go in the first round nowadays – unless it is someone like Saquon Barkley who clearly has breathtaking talent.
I was surprised they took Michel, and wanted them to find some young help on defense more than anything. But how can anyone have a beef with the choice now? He’s a high-quality talent in his own right, he’s helping them win, they didn’t think he’d be available in the second round, and depth- and quality-wise, they’d be lost without him right now. Nice pick, Bill.
But what do you guys think? Was spending a first-round pick on Sony Michel worthwhile? I’ll hear you in the comments.