Scouting the RBs: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

seastrunk1Averaging 7.8 yards per carry for a season’s worth of work is very impressive.  But doing it back-to-back years is bordering insane.  And that’s exactly what RS Junior Lache Seastrunk has managed to do for the Baylor Bears in 2012 and 2013.

An Oregon transfer, Seastrunk was recognized by almost every major scouting outlet as one of the premier high school running backs in the Country.  Since transferring to Baylor,  he’s totaled 1,994 yards and 18 TDs during his two years as a starting running back with the afore-mentioned, mind-blowing 7.8 yards per carry (on 257 carries!).

Seastrunk was on pace to top his impressive 2012 season before a groin injury sidelined him.  However, he appears to be healthy again and is likely to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Below is FRG Scouting’s breakdown of Lache Seastrunk.

NAME:  Lache Seastrunk
Pos:        RB
HT:         5’10”
WT:         210lbs
40:          4.44 (EST)

Strengths:            Long speed, patience, toughness
Weaknesses:        Ball security, lower body strength

Lache Seastrunk possesses adequate size for the RB position with a muscular and compact frame…An exciting runner in the open field who is a threat to take it the distance on every carry…Able to lower his shoulder and fight for tough yards between the tackles while also threatening the defense with top-tier speed to the edge on outside running plays…Runs with good vision and patience, showing an understanding of cutback lanes and angles once he reaches the 2nd level…Adequate in pass protection, showing a willingness to fight and scrap.

Seastrunk must do a better job securing the football, as it tends to get away from his body when he’s trying to make a big play…While possessing very good athletic ability, he is still somewhat tight when gearing down and changing direction…Needs to get a little stronger, especially in his lower-half so that he can keep his legs driving after contact…Offered nothing in the passing game for Baylor this year and had only nine receptions in 2012.

On the next level, Seastrunk projects as a starting-level running back that can provide big plays and chunks of yards to an offense.  He has the necessary “juice” to get through an NFL hole before it closes, and the burst to race past defenders on all levels of the field.  While not the strongest runner in the class, Seastrunk has enough natural toughness to lower his shoulder and be effective enough between the tackles.  In today’s wide-open NFL, Seastrunk is a prototype starting runner.  While the value of the running back position in the Draft has declined, there is still a demand for “one touch” players:  The game changing weapon that can score from anywhere.  Seastrunk is just that.

GRADE:  7.4 (Late-2nd, Early-3rd)

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