Michael is an excellent route running receiver making cornerbacks look like
those colorful spinning tops some of us played with when we were children
growing up. He has deceiving speed because of his long legs that cover ground
quickly. He has those long arms that give him the potential for a very big catch
radius. Michael has good lateral agility and uses a stiff arm to gain yardage
after the catch to keep defenders away from his legs. He is very smart and
understands how to run routes using different gears to set up defenders so that
he can get deep. He gains separation inside the red zone with ease because he is
strong off the line of scrimmage against those physical cornerbacks slapping
their hands off him and getting into his routes quickly. Michael will be a more
protective receiver at the next level than he has been at the college level
because he played at a level far above the level of quarterbacking on his team.
Michael was a professional receiver at an amateur level and the truth is, in my
opinion, it held him back in his production.
Michael has the “potential” for a large catch radius but has yet to show his
ability to consistently adjust to the ball in the air and make the low and high
catch. He will need to work on this with the quarterback of the team that
selects him. I have no doubt he will improve in this area very quickly.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
Michael runs routes with the maturity of a Larry Fitzgerald. He is far ahead in
his route running than most in this draft class. Like I said, he is deceivingly
fast and with his ability to get off the line of scrimmage against bump and run
and his football intelligence running routes against zone coverage, Michael
sends the signal that he is a complete receiver ready for the next level. He is
underrated and a bit of a sleeper in this draft because of all the talent on the
team that he played with and the lack of consistency at the quarterback
position. In college, Michael was a professional receiver playing at the amateur
level and it held him back in his production. There is no doubt in my mind that
when he improves his catch radius that Michael can become the type of receiver
you can build your passing game around.