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NFL Draft: RB Lache Seastrunk taken by Redskins in sixth round

The Redskins selected Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk in the sixth round of the NFL draft (186th overall).

Lache Seastrunk, Daytawion Lowe Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk prepares to take on Oklahoma State safety Daytawion Lowe during a 2012 game. (LM Otero/Associated Press)

The 5-foot-9, 201-pound Seastrunk could fill the Redskins’ need for a change-of-pace back. He clocked a 4.46-second 40-yard dash, and last season averaged 7.4 yards per carry while gaining 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns on 158 carries.

Related: Redskins select CB Bashaud Breeland in fourth round | WR Ryan Grant taken in fifth

Seastrunk — whose first name is pronounced “Lake” — doesn’t have much of a track record as a pass-catcher, however. Seastrunk recorded only nine catches in 2012, and had no catches in 2013.

But Seastrunk insists that he can help the Redskins in that third-down back capacity.

“I really feel like I can catch the ball very, very well,” Seastrunk said. “I feel like I proved that at the combine and at my pro day. I just feel like given the opportunity and being utilized, I will do everything in my power to make us a better organization.”

Seastrunk expressed excitement about being reunited with former Baylor teammate Robert Griffin III.

“I just achieved my life-long goal in life, and I get to play with one of my former teammates, so it’s a blessing,” he said.

Seastrunk joins a crowded, but unsettled backfield. Alfred Morris is the undisputed workhorse back. But the role of Morris’ sidekick remains up for grabs. Fourth-year players Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster (drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds of 2011, respectively) and Chris Thompson (a fifth-rounder in 2013) will contend along with Seastrunk for those duties.

Have a question about the Redskins’s draft? Send an e-mail to with the subject line “Mailbag question,” and it might be answered on Tuesday in The Mailbag.

More draft coverage from The Post:

Mark Maske’s NFC draft grades | AFC draft grades

Redskins drafted for depth, competition

Early Lead: Networks saw no issue showing Sam kiss 

NFL coverage: Redskins home | Fancy Stats | The Early Lead | D.C. Sports Bog

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · May 10, 2014