BERKELEY -- California tailback Daniel Lasco was a workout warrior at the NFL Scouting Combine, tearing off a 4.46-second 40-yard time (4th among running backs), push out out 23 reps in the bench -- a number, by the way, matched and surpassed only by Cal's defensive linemen on Friday -- and also was a top performer in the vertical jump (41.5 inches, best at the combine), the broad jump (135 inches) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.31 seconds).
Still, NFL scouts wanted to see more, and after going through the Combine medical exam, he hit the field on Friday for Cal's NFL Pro Day at Memorial Stadium, catching balls from quarterback Jared Goff, and getting worked out specifically by the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts.
Lasco rushed for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014, with 33 catches for 356 yards, but in the Bears' second game against San Diego State as a senior, he suffered a hip injury, and then an ankle injury, which he was never able to truly get over, making three starts in nine games, carrying the ball 65 times for 331 yards and three touchdowns.
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Scouting report from NFL.com's Lance Zierlein:
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. Has some “getaway” in the open field when he sees daylight. Highly productive 2014 campaign creates hope that 2015 injury was primarily responsible for on-field issues. Has adequate hands and was a weapon out of the backfield in 2014. Productive on cover teams at Cal and has potential to be special teams contributor.
Not an instinctive runner between the tackles. Slow to process development of running lanes and appears unable to make late decisions and keep the run alive. Needs to show more creativity as a runner. Leaves too many yards out on the field due to lack of vision. Too quick to give in and end the run. Suffered through a hip injury in 2015 that robbed him of effectiveness and confidence. Needs to run with more urgency and desire. Gears down rather than accelerates when contact is imminent. Yardage after contact numbers are below average.
One-year wonder who put himself on the map with a strong, overall performance in 2014 but suffered through a hip injury in 2015 and was unimpressive when he played. Lasco has some positive physical traits and might post some interesting combine numbers, but his lack of vision and inability to run with consistent physicality will be challenges when it comes to making an NFL roster.