Gruden especially excited about speedy RB Lache Seastrunk

Gruden especially excited about speedy RB Lache Seastrunk
May 11, 2014, 11:15 am
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The Redskins selected eight players in this year’s draft, and Jay Gruden said he’s excited about all them.

But the coach also acknowledged being particularly intrigued by one of the prospects: sixth round pick and former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.

“Obviously, Lache Seastrunk is an interesting guy because of his speed,” Gruden said. "He was sitting there later on in the draft …and we had him ranked a higher than that. And obviously, Robert [Griffin III] knows him very well, and so we know a little bit about him.”

Seastrunk, who enrolled at Oregon before transferring to Baylor in 2011 amid a recruiting controversy, produced back-to-back 1,000-plus yard seasons in 2012 and '13 while averaging 7.7 and 7.4 yards per carry, respectively.

Interestingly, Seastrunk caught only nine passes in 2012 and did not record a single catch last season. That, however, does not concern Gruden, who had been expected to select a running back who could be a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.

“The only weird thing about him is he didn’t catch any balls any Baylor, but they just don’t throw to their backs," Gruden said. "We feel like he can catch the ball good enough.”

Gruden said he likes Seastrunk’s production and upside, but it was his 4.46-second 40-yard dash time that clinched the decision to draft him.

“Lache has what you can’t coach, and that’s blazing speed,” Gruden said later in a one-on-one interview with Comcast SportsNet. “He’s going to be a great complement for Roy [Helu Jr.] and Alfred [Morris].”

Gruden also said he heard from Griffin, who lobbied for his former college teammate.

“Yeah, he was texting during the draft, “ Gruden said with a smile. “I was trying to ignore my phone. He’s a big fan of Lache, and they’re obviously good friends and he had a lot of good things to say about him. I know Robert is happy and we’re happy to have Lache."