The Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to assemble a top-notch group of running backs, as they recently signed LeGarrette Blount to pair up with workhorse back Le’Veon Bell, who looks poised for an excellent second season after a promising rookie year out of Michigan State. Blount turned his career around last season for the New England Patriots, as he played at a very high level down the stretch and in the postseason, taking full advantage of Stevan Ridley’s benching due to fumbling. Blount finally ran with more authority in short-yardage situations, using his size to his full advantage as a power rusher by running with lower pad level. He’s also much more elusive than people think, and he showed us all his sneaky agility as a rookie standout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before falling into obscurity thanks to Greg Schiano’s irrational hate of him.
Although the Steelers filled their big need for a talented RB2 behind Bell by signing Blount, it looks like they are still in the market for another quality rusher on the roster. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk high on their “RB list”, and Dulac warns us not to be surprised if the Steelers end up taking him.
Seastrunk is on a visit with the organization today, per Dulac, and he also has a visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills. He has amazing speed and agility with impressive physical tools, but he isn’t a powerful rusher at all and doesn’t offer anything as a pass rusher or pass blocker. Seastrunk has plenty of talent, but he’s a risky back who could flame out. That said, I am a fan of Seastrunk in a change-of-pace role, and he could be an excellent fit for the Steelers late on the second day or early on the third day as the speed back on the team. Bell is clearly going to be the No. 1 guy, so Seastrunk wouldn’t see the field much as the third guy.