With the 186th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Washington Redskins selected Lache Seastrunk (pronounced Lake) RB Baylor University. In the past few drafts, the Redskins frequently chose a running back in the later rounds. Most recently, this unorthodox strategy paid off with the selection of Alfred Morris. Morris emerged as one of the League’s premier backs under former head coach Mike Shanahan and this year Washington felt the former teammate of quarterback Robert Griffin III was worth the pick. After originally being a top five prospect out of the state of Texas, Seastrunk endured a rather strange collegiate career. During his redshirt season, he was informed that his college advisor earned 25,000 once he signed his letter of intent to Oregon University. This situation along with the poor health of his grandmother forced the Texas native to move back home and attend Baylor University, where he won the 2012 BIG 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Strengths: Seastrunk has the natural ability to wow onlookers. He shows exceptional speed out of the backfield and was even an All-State member of the track team while in high school. Seastrunk uses his feet well running through contact and powering through arm tackles.
Weaknesses: Sometimes Seastrunk loses patience and fails to allow holes to develop. Also, these running lanes were rather large and yet he struggled at times to find them. The Baylor Offense failed to incorporate Seastrunk into the passing game and therefore we do not know much about his hands.
Bottom Line: Seastrunk benefitted from an offense that ran sweeps and lateral runs. In the past, this offense has not translated well to the NFL. Still, Seastrunk will be utilized in third down situations and must show good hands if he hopes to compete for time on the field. Grade: B