Lache Seastrunk has never lacked confidence, or speed, so he might as well be bold in predicting his 40-yard dash time for the combine this week.
The Baylor running back is planning to run it in fewer than 4.3 seconds. No big deal.
"My focal concern is the 40," Seastrunk told Fox Sports 1, via NFL.com. "I set a goal in my head to run below a 4.3, and that's my goal to keep striving for. I know I can do it. It's within reach.
"There's not a lot of running backs that's my size that's running below a 4.3. That's outstanding. That's unreal."
Chris Johnson holds the official combine record at 4.24 seconds (there are stories about Deion Sanders' and Bo Jackson's 40 times but those were hand timed), and that time boosted Johnson into the first round of the draft. The same might happen for Seastrunk if he follows through on his goal. According to NFL.com's combine page, since 2006 only four players have beat 4.3 seconds in the 40 at the combine.
Seastrunk is a big-play threat who averaged 7.7 yards per carry in 2012 and 7.4 in 2013. He also scored 18 touchdowns. He's not your typical workhorse, but he is listed at a solid 5-foot-10, 210 pounds. Johnson was about 195 pounds when he came out, for comparison.
If Seastrunk runs the 40 he thinks he will, it might cause NFL evaluators to take an even closer look at the talented back's tape before setting their draft boards.
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