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One of the top running back prospects in the draft, Michael turned heads with a spectacular 43-inch vertical leap at the NFL scouting combine. It was the best by any prospect this year regardless of position and the best by a running back ever, according to combine officials. That effort was part of a sizzling set of results in the workouts as he had 27 reps in the bench press to finish fourth among running backs, tied for second at his position with a broad jump of 10 feet, 5 inches, and also topped his counterparts in the 20-yard shuttle run (4.02 seconds) and 3-cone drill (6.69 seconds). While that combine performance was outstanding, it was offset by the fact Michael missed two meetings with NFL teams. His explanation was that he took cold medicine that caused him to oversleep. There are other character concerns about Michael, who was suspended for the second game of the 2012 season due to a violation of team rules and also fell out of favor with the coaching staff for poor pass blocking. Michael gained a career-low 417 yards this past season as he lost snaps to teammate Ben Malena. His combine workout did assuage doubts about his health - Michael's junior season ended after eight games due to a knee injury and his sophomore campaign after nine because of a broken leg. Michael chose not to work out at Texas A&M's Pro Day on March 8 because of his strong combine. He clearly possesses the talent to excel in the NFL, and may have moved up as high as into the third round.