Texas A&M Aggies running back Christine Michael was one of the top performances at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis over the past few days, but there was an incident or two that stopped his performance from being considered flawless.
Michael wowed scouts when he showed up to Indy with his impressive physique and he continued his incredible showing during on-field drills. Michael was among the top running back performers in the bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. He also clocked in at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
His performance was everything you could ask for from a prospect looking to make a statement, but what was the incident that stopped Michael from having his perfect performance?
Per NFL.com analyst and Former VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys Gil Brandt:
Texas A&M RB Christine Michael was a rockstar @ #NFLCombine, a top performer in 5 events. The bad: He overslept and missed 2 team interviews
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 26, 2013
It is moments like this that could hurt a players stock more than anything.
Brandt did not specify whether Michael overslept once and missed both meetings or overslept on two occasions, but it is never a good look to miss a meeting with your future employer.
On top of his love for sleep, Michael did find himself in the Texas A&M doghouse his final year with the Aggies because of behavioral issues and his struggles while pass blocking. There are also a pair of medical concerns — a broken leg in 2010 and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2011.
All that said, Michael’s on-field performance could have done enough to make a team fall in love with him and that is all it takes.