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Lache Seastrunk | Running Back

Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205

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Redskins selected Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk with the No. 186 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Seastrunk (5-foot-9, 201) was a ballyhooed five-star recruit to Oregon, but transferred amid the Chip Kelly scandal and spent two years at Baylor, turning 289 carries into 2,189 yards (7.57 YPC) and 18 TDs. A zero in the passing game, Seastrunk had more drops (10) than receptions (9) in college, and was the nation's only starting tailback in 2013 who didn't catch a pass. He was noticeably awful in pass protection. Seastrunk's strength is his open-field explosiveness, confirmed by a 41 1/2-inch vertical and freakish 11-foot-2 broad jump. He ran a 4.51 forty. Seastrunk projects as a dynamic change-of-pace back, although pass-game deficiencies will make getting him the ball in open space more of a challenge. May 10 - 4:13 PM

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Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk had less receptions (9) than dropped passes (10) during his two-year career.

In 2013, Seastrunk was the only starting collegiate RB to finish without a catch. Concerns over his receiving ability are probably a bit overstated, as Art Briles' system used a rotation of RBs and didn't often employ them as receivers, instead stretching the field vertically with a fleet of burners at WR. In the NFL, Seastrunk will be used similarly, though this time he'll be coming off the bench as the change-of-pace.
Apr 29 - 9:46 PM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk is visiting the Steelers on Tuesday.

Beat writer Gerry Dulac says Seastrunk is high on the team's list at running back, which is not surprising since they lack a ball carrier with his speed from the backfield. Le'Veon Bell is a good receiver for his size, and the Steelers just signed a battering ram in LeGarrette Blount, but Seastrunk would add speed out in space.
Apr 1 - 2:07 PM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk told reporters he has visits scheduled with the Bills and Steelers.

The two teams are interesting landing spots, as the Bills seem to currently have a long jam at the position, but love to deploy plenty of speed on offense. The Steelers just drafted their bell cow in Le'Veon Bell, but they are looking for a complementary piece. Seastrunk needs to continue to improve his vision in trash and tight situations.
Mar 24 - 11:52 AM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk has visits scheduled with the Steelers and the Bills.

Seastrunk collected 2,189 yards and 18 touchdowns over his two-year Baylor career. The media tried to bait him into giving one of his bold predictions -- Seastrunk famously predicted he'd win the Heisman Trophy in 2013 -- but this time, the Bears star wasn't having it. "I don’t want to put anything out there," Seastrunk said. "I just want to go in there and play to the best of my ability. You guys want me to say like I’m going to be the best player to ever play in the NFL, huh? I haven’t even [played] in the NFL. I’m just going to earn my job and earn my keep. That’s it."
Mar 23 - 8:36 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell says Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk is his favorite "supplemental" back in this draft.

While not a franchise back capable of playing all three downs, the Bears' star has "short area burst, he's quick through the hole, he's got some explosive traits to him, he can get to the perimeter, he can bounce, he's a shifty back," according to Cosell. The NFL team that selects Seastrunk will likely determine how his career plays out. He will fit like a glove in a spread system that uses its backs as receivers.
Mar 20 - 1:46 PM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk ran an official 4.51 second forty time and his 11-foot-2 broad jump was the sixth-longest at the NFL's Scouting Combine since 2006.

Scouts use the broad jump to gauge a running back's lower-body strength and potential explosion on the field, so Seastrunk's showing here was extremely encouraging. As if there were any more questions, the former Bears' star led all running backs at the combine with a 41 1/2-inch vertical jump. Seastrunk will fit in well with a team that spreads it out offensively and uses its backs in the passing game (though Baylor rarely deployed Seastrunk as a receiver, it should be noted). He isn't being discussed with as much enthusiasm as he deserves, as many evaluators prefer a bigger back such as Carlos Hyde or Jeremy Hill and don't see a Top-5 RB.
Feb 23 - 6:59 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler does not consider Baylor's Lache Seastrunk to be a top-7 RB in the class.

"Seastrunk can be a blur (with) the ball in his hands but needs space and is unproven as a receiver and blocker," Brugler writes. Seastrunk does not break tackles in a similar fashion as Carlos Hyde or Jeremy Hill, but we think the Baylor ball carrier is slippery to beat the first defender. Pass protection and receiving ability is a big question, however.
Feb 7 - 12:43 PM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk won the Obstacle Course competition at Tuesday's All-Star Football Challenge.

With a winning time of 27.48 seconds, Seastrunk bested Alabama LB CJ Mosley (28.03) and BYU LB Kyle Van Noy (28.92). If you know anything about Seastrunk's agility, you know that his win over a pair of linebackers is no surprise. He's been doing that his whole career. The slippery back would fit best in a spread attack that employs its backs as vital cogs in the passing game.
Jan 29 - 8:17 PM

Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk broke as many tackles per rushing attempt as Carlos Hyde and Jeremy Hill, according to Greg Peshek.

Peshek adds Seastrunk is a "slippery back." Hill and Hyde are both widely viewed as backs who consistently break first contact, and we would give the latter the edge in the regard, but Seastrunk likely avoids tackles in a somewhat different way. The Baylor back only recorded nine catches during his time at Baylor, which will be a major question during the draft process.
Jan 28 - 1:39 PM

Baylor junior RB Lache Seastrunk will enter the NFL draft, according to Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin.

"Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing that goal," Seastrunk said in a prepared statement. The running back accounted for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He has great long speed when getting to the edge, but Seastrunk has improved his vision in trash.
Jan 6 - 1:23 PM

Baylor junior RB Lache Seastrunk is questionable for Saturday's game against TCU.

Seastrunk has been dealing with a groin injury, which has kept the running back out of the last two games. The injury first occurred against Oklahoma on Nov. 7. When healthy, Seastrunk is one of the most explosive runners in the country.
Source: USA Today
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 01:45:00 PM

NFL.com compares Baylor junior RB Lache Seastrunk to New England's Shane Vereen.

An area scout told the site that Seastrunk and Bears teammate OG Cyril Richardson are "in that second- to fourth-round range, with the potential to go up or down based on the combine and predraft stuff we do." We personally can't see a scenario in which either falls to the fourth round, but neither prospect is without blemishes. Seastrunk would fit best in a wide-open offensive system that platoons its backs and employs them as vital cogs in the passing game.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Baylor head coach Art Briles told reporters there is a "good possibility" junior RB Lache Seastrunk will play against Oklahoma State.

Seastrunk apparently ran "extremely well" in practice on Wednesday. Saturday is a huge contest against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense, and Seastrunk is obviously their top talent at running back.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Baylor junior RB Lache Seastrunk missed practices this week due to a groin injury.

Both Seastrunk and Glasco Martin are listed as 'probable for the game, but that doesn't mean that either is guaranteed to play. Baylor head coach Art Briles doesn't disclose what he doesn't want to disclose, so it's anyone's guess as to how the duo is progressing towards full health. Freshman Shock Linwood is expected to make his first collegiate start on Saturday against Texas Tech.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:35:00 PM