CBS Sports writer Barton Simmons recently put together a film review of Michigan incoming freshman running back Zach Charbonnet.
During Simmons’ study he said that there are similarities between Charbonnet and New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley. However, when it was time to make his pro comp for Charbonnet, Simmons said it’s Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson.
When healthy, Johnson has been one of the best and most versatile backs in the game, a dangerous threat out of the backfield and in the passing game.
Charbonnet stands 6-foot-2 215 pounds, while Johnson is 6-foot-1 224 pounds. Stature aside, Charbonnet and Johnson do share similarities on the field.
Simmons’ scouting report:
“A naturally powerful runner. Despite being 6-2, runs with great pad level and leverage. Has a rare combination of size, strength and speed and runs with decisiveness. Doesn’t dance around, more of a one-cut-and-go runner. Hits the line with physicality and has the ability to wear down a defense. Can run between the tackles but improved burst allows him to run outside. Can run away from a defense as well. Catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a load to bring down in the open field. Great work ethic off the field, high character player and should be a future captain down the road.”
Charbonnet was the Los Angeles Times Running Back of the Year in 2018, averaging 8.2 yards per carry with 1,770 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns for Oaks Christian.
With the news of Chris Evans being suspended for the 2019 season, Charbonnet may be a key piece to the running back equation and see a sizable amount of carries. Charbonnet underwent a routine knee surgery that kept him out of spring practices, but he should be ready to roll for training camp.
Charbonnet was the No. 46 overall recruit in his class and the No. 4 overall running back in his class.