Baylor Bears star Lache Seastrunk said goodbye to Waco on Jan. 6, when he officially announced he's entering the 2014 NFL draft.
The junior running back released a statement, per Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin:
Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing that goal. I'm excited for the opportunity to compete in the NFL draft process. I look forward to giving teams every ounce of energy I've got and proving to them that I'm a good person, a relentless competitor, and a great player, too.
Despite Bryce Petty and Antwan Goodley getting much of the attention this past year, Seastrunk played a huge role in the Bears' success. He led the team in rushing with 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns on 158 carries. In Baylor's 52-42 loss to the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl, the junior had 117 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Seastrunk is listed at 5'10" and 210 pounds on Baylor's site. Despite being a bit undersized, he should have no problem succeeding in the NFL.
Before the season began, CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman placed Seastrunk on his list of "The 20 craziest athletes in college football." Feldman wrote:
Seastrunk's vertical, which was an impressive 42.5 inches last winter, is now 44.2 inches. He also broad jumped 11-4 — five inches more than in 2012. His 40 time: 4.36.
It's quite an improve from Seastrunk's days at Oregon when he ran a 4.63 electronic 40 and had a 34.5” vertical two winters ago.
In what is presumed to be a weak overall running back class, Seastrunk should get selected in the first few rounds. In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's draft guru Matt Miller had the Baylor star going with the seventh pick of the third round to the Cleveland Browns.
Seastrunk has the upcoming NFL combine and Baylor's pro day to wow scouts and coaches with his supreme physical gifts. Between that and his improvement with the Bears, he could easily sneak into the second round.
No matter where he is selected in the draft, Seastrunk could be one of the most electrifying offensive players to come out of this year's class.