Daniel Lasco, RB, Cal
Height: 6-0, Weight: 209, Round: 7, Pick: 16 (237)
Who is he: Born and raised in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston, Lasco is a two-time team captain at California who rushed for 1,115 yards, caught 33 passes for 356 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a junior, vaulting himself into the thick of a deep running back class heading into his senior season. Unfortunately, injuries derailed Lasco’s final year at Cal, and he rushed for 65 carries and 331 yards.
WHAT HE CAN DO: Lasco’s a freakish athlete with impressive explosion; he posted the highest vertical leap (41.5 inches) and longest broad jump (11 feet, 3 inches) among running backs at the NFL scouting combine and ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash. Lasco’s a versatile back, capable of carrying the ball and serving as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, but his initial role might be on special teams, where he’s a capable gunner.
PLAYER SPEAK: “Growing up, I’ve always loved the Saints. I never wanted to tell the coaches, going through the process, who my favorite team was growing up, and who I idolized, because I didn’t want them thinking anything. But I’ve always been a Saints fan, I’ve always enjoyed watching the Saints. It’s crazy. It still hasn’t hit me..” — Brian Dobie, Manitoba head coach
GURU TALK: “Athletic short-strider with potential to make a quick cut to avoid contact. Inconsistent play speed, but does show a second gear to burst past a tackler. ... Productive on cover teams at Cal and has potential to be special teams contributor.” — NFL.com
DID YOU KNOW? Lasco’s uncle is Sammy O’Brient, a former nose guard for Texas A&M who played on three straight Southwestern Conference championships.