Three more draft prospects paid a visit to One Bills Drive Wednesday. A day after the Bills played host to WR Cody Latimer and TE Troy Niklas, Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby and LB Ryan Shazier met Buffalo’s coaching staff.
DB Bradley Roby
Roby (5-11, 194) was three-year starter for the Buckeyes and finished his career with eight interceptions and 36 pass breakups. He finished third in school history with 226 interception return yards and had five total touchdowns on defense and special teams.
This past season he had 69 tackles, 16 pass breakups including three INTs, two blocked punts and a pair of touchdowns en route to All-Big Ten honors.
Roby is a superior athlete for his position, with effortless change of direction skills, elite plant and drive technique and is an aggressive tackler with a physical edge to his game. He also offers special teams ability with experience at the gunner position and is a threat to block punts coming off the edge.
He projects as an ideal nickel corner inside as bigger wideouts may be able to box him out of plays on the boundary. A player who is not short on confidence, Roby believes he can be a shutdown corner at the NFL level.
“I think that’s something I bring to the table to any team and I plan to show that to whatever team drafts me,” said Roby.
Roby is seen by draft prognosticators as a late first to early second round prospect.
RB Lache Seastrunk
Seastrunk (5-10, 201) began his college career at Oregon, but after redshirting his freshman year he chose to return to his native Texas with a transfer to Baylor where he sat out the 2011 season. All that waiting led to an explosion of production when he got the opportunity to start the last six games of the 2012 season.
He rushed for almost eight yards a carry (7.72) as he gained 1,012 yards on just 131 rushes and eight total touchdowns to earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors.
This past season he posted 1,177 rushing yards on 158 carries (7.44 avg.) and 11 touchdowns despite missing two games with a groin injury helping to lift the Bears to the Big 12 Conference title. Seastrunk set school marks with the most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (8) and five of his 19 career touchdowns went for 68 yards or longer.
Seastrunk’s ability to stop, cut and return to top speed quickly is unquestioned, but NFL scouts were wondering about his straight line speed after posting a 4.51 40 time at the NFL combine. At Baylor’s pro day he improved on that figure running a 4.46 to go with his impressive 11-foot two-inch broad jump and 41.5-inch vertical.
He’s forecast as a second or third round pick.
LB Ryan Shazier
Shazier (6-2, 237) is an elite athlete, but could not perform some of the drills at the NFL combine due to a hamstring injury including the 40-yard dash. He did post an impressive 42-inch vertical, 10-foot 10-inch broad jump, 25 reps on the bench in Indianapolis.
At the Ohio State pro day Shazier attempted his first 40-yard dash, and strained his hamstring in the process. Shockingly he still posted a sub 4.4 time on most of the scouts watches.
In 2013 Shazier tied for second in the nation in solo tackles with 101 and was third in tackles for loss with 22.5. He became just the fifth linebacker in Buckeye annals to lead the team in tackles in back-to-back seasons joining James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Chris Spielman and Bills current defensive line coach Pepper Johnson.
Often compared to Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David, Shazier said he feels most comfortable at the weak side linebacker position.
“I’m a run and hit linebacker. I can also go inside and cover good tight ends,” he said. “My speed is what I’m known for, but I can also play inside ‘backer and do everything they want me to do. I feel I’m a very versatile player. Whatever the coaches want.”
The Fort Lauderdale native is projected as a late first or early second round selection.