New England Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears spent some time at Georgia Tech last week, privately working out senior Yellow Jacket Zach Laskey, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston and Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Laskey fulfilled the B-back position in head coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option offense. He appeared in 47 games dating back to his freshman season in 2011, amassing 2,033 rushing yards on 388 carries, 225 receiving yards on 15 catches, 94 return yards on 11 punts, and 21 total touchdowns in his Georgia Tech career.
Laskey’s top statistical performance for the Yellow Jackets arrived in an overtime win over Georgia on Nov. 29, 2014, when the former high school back, linebacker and safety ran for 140 yards and tied his career-best three touchdowns.
He lost a total of two yards over 171 carries last season.
Lackey was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, but worked in front of all 32 teams – including retired Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia – at his pro day two weeks ago. It was there that Lackey posted a reported 35-inch vertical, in addition to a 124-inch broad jump, a 4.58 40-yard dash, a 4.17 20-yard shuttle and a 6.85 three-cone drill.
He is seen as a possible sixth- or seventh-round draft choice this spring.