The running back position, at the moment, is one of great intrigue for the New York Giants. The only running back who seems guaranteed to head into the off-season as a member of the New York Giants is last year's seventh-round pick Michael Cox. David Wilson will hopefully play football again, but neck injuries can be tricky. Andre Brown is a free agent. Peyton Hillis had a fine season, but he's a free agent, and Brandon Jacobs retired.
I've mentioned this before in the prospect profiles, but the Giants have heavily slanted towards players with high speed scores in the running backs they have drafted (which is essentially a measurement of 40-yard dash score, adjusted for weight -- full explanation at the link. And Lache Seastrunk of Baylor is going to be high on that list this year.
- Good size (listed at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds)
- Extremely gifted athletically. Seastrunk made Bruce Feldman's freak list a list made up of the most athletic players in college football. Of particular interest his is ability to use his burst to outrun defenders once he gets to the second level
- He has terrific agility and changes directions very well
- Runs with terrific balance
- Underrated power
- Extremely productive, and a player who has improved each year in college
- Solid patience and vision
- He doesn't always carry the ball "high and tight" and while he fumbled less in 2013 than 2012 that has been an issue
- A willing blocker, but not a great one
- Non-existent in the Baylor passing attack -- it's tough to gauge whether that was from a lack of ability or schematic preference from the
Compares to: The best comparison I have seen for Seastrunk is DeAngelo Williams of the Panthers.
Does He Fit With The Giants?
He does. I think. We all assume that the new offensive coordinator will run a system similar to the Green Bay Packers system, but until we see it implemented we don't really know. Anyway, Seastrunk has the kind of abilities that ideally fits a zone blocking system, or a system where he can find cutback lanes.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 44th
Mocking The Draft - 26th
CBS Sports - 105th
Draft Countdown - 8th
Draft Tek - 89th
The Giants will likely address the running back position during free agency and/or the draft, but to what extent we do not know. Seastrunk's value is further apart than I had anticipated it to be. I think he's the most talented running back in the draft and has a place in the NFL as a big time playmaker. I don't think the Giants will look running back early again in this draft, but if he ends up going in the third or fourth round it's a possibility at this point until the running back position becomes more settled. The other thing is, what kind of running back will the Giants be looking for? The Packers have relied mostly on big, tough running backs who can catch the ball a little bit, and that's not something Seastrunk has shown he can do consistently -- which is surprising because of his ability in space and the fact that he was a very sought after recruit coming out of high school with a reputation as a guy with good hands.