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RB Sony Michel admits it was shocking to be selected by Patriots in 1st round of NFL draft

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2018 - 1:30 am

FOXBORO -- Late Thursday night, running back Sony Michel was sitting at home watching the NFL draft not really having any expectations of getting drafted in the first round, but then his phone rang.

It was the Patriots and they were selecting him at No. 31 overall.

“I wasn’t sure [where I would be drafted]," Michel said on a conference call Thursday night. "I was just kind of just watching it, not really knowing what was going to happen. I was kind of ready for anything to happen, anything to happen at the moment. It was kind of a shocker for it to happen this way, but I am tremendously excited and honored.”

Added Michel: “I just kind of didn’t expect the Patriots to call me. It is one of those deals, this process has been so long and kind of not expecting the call, you’re kind of just watching TV and to get a call before the pick it’s like, ‘Man, this is neat.’”

Michel seemed to indicate he had some thoughts of being drafted in the first round, but didn't want to think about it too much on draft night, so it was a surprise when the phone rang.

“Expectations were high, but I was just kind of taking it all in and it was just a shocker to me," he said.

The Georgia running back will join a crowded Patriots backfield with Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill and Brandon Bolden under contract already. It would appear Gilislee, Hill and Bolden may be battling for one spot.

He finished his four years at the school averaging 6.1 yards per carry, including 7.9 as a senior.

"I was excited," said Michel. "I'm just honored just to be able to get a call from a prestigious program like the Patriots and it was just so much excitement. No words can really describe what the feeling was like."