The race is on in Dallas to replace the departed DeMarco Murray. One more name has been added to the mix, former Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk. The Cowboys running back candidates now include Joe Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, Ryan Williams, and Seastrunk. Synjyn Days, the undrafted free agent running back from Georgia Tech is no longer in that mix, he was released to make room for Seastrunk.
The new running back played high school ball locally in Texas, then originally went to Oregon. He transferred to Baylor and had 2,189 yards and 18 touchdowns in two years. Seastrunk was drafted by Washington in the sixth round in 2014, and since has bounced around to a few different teams. He's here just in time to participate in this week's OTAs.
STRENGTHS Quick-footed and nifty with very good competitive speed to pull away in the open field. Deceptively fast. Keeps his feet churning on contact and can elude the first tackler and power through arm tackles. Runs low to the ground with good lower-body strength. Weaves through traffic and has a knack for hitting cutback lanes. Very good run balance to stop and start. Had the best vertical jump (41 1/2 inches) and broad jump (11-2) of any back at the combine.
WEAKNESSES Does not run big or keep his shoulders squared to the line. Will press and try to do too much -- can improve patience and do a better job of letting his blocks develop. Very limited career receiving production. Played in an offense that featured big running lanes and helped inflate his production. Can be tracked down from behind. Beats to the tune of his own drum and can be susceptible to hanger-ons.
BOTTOM LINE Good-sized, productive, zone runner with enough physical traits to warrant consideration as a complementary back. Benefited from an offense featuring a lot of fly sweeps and lateral runs that have not translated well to the NFL game.