By Mike Casazza
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk has everyone's attention. Seastrunk rushed for 831 yards, six touchdowns and five 100-yard games in the final six games of the 2012 season. He then vowed to win the Heisman Trophy, or come darn close, in 2013.
If he follows through, watch out. The speed-obsessed NFL is watching.
Seastrunk's junior season will answer questions and address perceptions. He's so fast — Baylor says he runs a the 40 in 4.34 seconds — that it's assumed he's small and something of a Darren Sproles or Jacquizz Rodgers type. That's not Seastrunk.
He's 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds, taller and thicker than Kent State's Dri Archer and Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, players Seastrunk will be mentioned with next season. Tavon Austin, the former WVU receiver who was drafted No. 8 last week, ran the 40 in the same time at the Combine. He's two inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter.
Seastrunk can hit it inside and break away, but he's got the speed and explosion that enables him to unleash a 42.5-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 10 feet, 11 inches.
He'll have to handle an abundance of carries to convince people he's worth drafting early as opposed to a LaMichael James type who provides a change of pace. That's a suggestion that's been attached to Seastrunk since he enrolled at Oregon in 2010, but one he'll have plenty of opportunities to change in 2013.