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From Prospect To Pro: Comparing Lache Seastrunk To Jamaal Charles

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Lache Seastrunk's quick cuts and breakaway speed make him one of the most exciting players in college football. Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images.
Lache Seastrunk's quick cuts and breakaway speed make him one of the most exciting players in college football. Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images.

I’m going to compare two running backs this week who run the same, cut the same, and are from the same place. Both were born in raised in Texas, both were recruited out of high school in Texas, and both played college ball in Texas. I’m talking about Baylor's Lache Seastrunk and Kansas City's former Longhorn, Jamaal Charles. There are many things Seastrunk and Charles share in common, including long, braided hair.

Charles rushed for 3,328 yards in three years at Texas, along with 39 total TDs. He’s a Pro Bowler, a three-time 1,000-yard rusher with the Chiefs and is considered one of the most explosive running backs in the league.

Seastrunk is a junior but it’s only his second year playing college football. In 2012, he averaged 7.7 yards per carry, rushing for 1,012 yards and scored eight total TDs. Through four games in 2013, Seastrunk is making a strong push in the Heisman race; as of now, he probably would be included as a candidate along with Marcus Mariota and Teddy Bridgewater. He’s averaging a sparkling 11.1 yards per rush and has eight rushing TDs. His 589 rushing yards on only 53 carries is nearly impossible to keep up for a full season but he’s showed no signs of slowing down, running for his longest touchdown of the season last week, 80 yards against West Virginia.

Seastrunk and Charles are both natural sprinters and are usually the fastest guys on the entire field. Charles has proven to be a great receiver as well as a runner. Seastrunk hasn’t been used in that way at Baylor, but he will be great for screens in the NFL. Seastrunk, like Charles, has great acceleration and it doesn’t take him long to reach top speed. The moves in space are impeccable, making defenders miss left and right. Both Charles and Seastrunk have the rare ability to see the whole field at once. Their vision while running between the tackles is what makes them so good. They can both get to the outside and turn on the jets but just as well, they can cut between tackles and use their vision and excellent footwork to score on any play when going up the middle. Speed, vision and the stop-start speed off cuts are ideal attributes of a running back, and both of these guys exploit those qualities to the fullest.

At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, Seastrunk has ideal size for a running back. Coming into the season, he was a top 5 running back prospect and now, he is arguable the best in the nation. In a deep running back class of prospects, I think he is a first-round talent, and if he slips to the second round, he will give an NFL team excellent value.