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Derrius Guice | Running Back

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/21/1997
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 224

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Redskins selected LSU RB Derrius Guice with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
A clear first-round talent, Guice slipped behind several inferior running backs because of nebulous off-field concerns. Ian Rapoport reports teams thought Guice show immaturity and was "high-maintenance" during the pre-draft process, and Mike Mayock suggested there is some kind of investigation going on behind the scenes. If those concerns turn out to be unfounded, however, Washington got an absolute steal. A physical, high-velocity runner with 4.49 jets, Guice’s playing style reminds of Zeke Elliott as an old-school, shoulder-lowering pile mover capable of wearing down a defense. He isn’t in Elliott’s passing-game league, although Guice did flash competence in limited blitz-pickup and receiving opportunities. Ultimately, Guice has the necessary tools to be a high-volume NFL workhorse. Apr 27 - 9:01 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein projects LSU RB Derrius Guice to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at pick No. 53.

Guice was originally thought to be a first-round pick but a variety of off-field concerns including an incident at the combine may have caused him to fall. Tampa Bay would be overjoyed if Guice fell to them in the second round as they were rumored to be very interested in Penn State RB Saquon Barkley in the first round. Zierlein says, "Tampa could hit a home run with this pick if Guice is still on the board." One of the most talented running backs in the draft, whichever team is able to overlook his off-field issues will be getting a top-tier talent at his position.
Apr 27 - 2:20 PM

FanRag Sports draft analyst Jon Ledyard reports that the Eagles are likely to trade out of the 32nd pick unless LSU RB Derrius Guice is on the board.

A team looking to secure a quarterback in the first-round could be a target for for this pick -- as Ledyard notes -- with that quarterback likely being Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph. The Guice mention is interesting, as there's a strong chance that he'll still be on the board due to off-the-field flags. The Eagles don't have a second or third-round pick after trades, so no one should be shocked if/when they move down late on Thursday night.
Apr 26 - 4:12 PM

The NFL investigation found no proof of the inappropriate questions asked to LSU's Derrius Guice.

"Following reports concerning the interviews of Derrius Guice at the Scouting Combine, the League conducted a thorough investigation, which included a formal review and report from every club that interviewed Mr. Guice during the Combine, as well as discussions with Mr. Guice, his agent and others," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement. "The investigation did not confirm that any club made the reported inquiries. Nonetheless, we used this opportunity to reaffirm our workplace standards and emphasize the importance of fully complying with all requirements of federal and state law. The NFL and each of its member clubs remain fully committed to fair and non-discriminatory employment practices." We'll see how much this affect's Guice's draft stock, as the running back had red-flags even before these accusations.
Apr 26 - 12:24 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes the Browns could target LSU RB Derrius Guice or a LT via a trade up from pick No. 33.

Scot McCloughan's influence in the Browns draft room needs to be mentioned, and he likely loves Guice's running style thanks to it being Marshawn Lynch-like. Left tackle is also possible, as Joe Thomas retired this offseason. The Titans at pick No. 25 seem like an ideal spot to trade out.
Apr 26 - 11:14 AM

An NFL scout told Bob McGinn Football that LSU RB Derrius Guice runs in a similar style to Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch.

"He isn’t quite as thick as Marshawn but he’s a very similar guy," the scout said. "He’s low to the ground and runs angry. He runs like a guy that’s 240, but when he sticks his foot in the ground he can spin and get out of stuff. People will worry about his injuries because he initiates a lot of contact." Guice has off-field concerns -- which McGinn notes -- but his toughness as a runner and ability to make plays in the passing game should see him go in the first 45 picks -- maybe even the back of the first if a team is convinced he can be an immediate contributor.
Apr 23 - 9:53 PM

Hannah Withiam of the New York Post reports that LSU RB Derrius Guice could have his draft stock fall after his "suspicious" response to the questions asked to him at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Withiam also reports that Guice has had questions about his maturity level, but that his "ambiguous" answers to questions about his interviews with NFL teams are what really could hurt his draft stock. If you don't recall, Guice told reporters that he was asked by teams whether he "liked men" or whether or not his mother was a prostitute. Guice reportedly has now said that his comments were "taken out of context." The talent on the field is obvious, but these types of concerns could see Guice fall into the second round -- although that might have happened even without these "concerns."
Apr 20 - 8:23 PM

Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said that the team is open to potentially trading back.

"We're open for business in every round -- if it's something that we think makes sense for our team, we're going to do it," he said. "But at the same time, we're ready to pick." It's pretty boilerplate front office speak for this time of the year, but in the particular case of the Eagles, it is sensible possibility to watch. They own the No. 32 pick, at the end of the first round. That's very much in the range of selections where you often see teams jump up from the second round. Additionally, the Eagles don't have a second- or third-round pick this year, as the bill has now come due for their trade up to No. 2 in 2016, when they selected franchise face Carson Wentz.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 5:26 PM Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects Washington to take LSU RB Derrius Guice with the 13th pick.

Now this would be a stunner. Guice (5'10/224) has certainly gone in the first-round in other mocks, but this high is a surprise. That being said, running back is certainly a need for Washington, and Guice is considered by many to be the second best in the class behind Penn State's Saquon Barkley. You'd think a trade down would be the move here if they are going to target Guice, but Jeremiah doesn't project trades. This would be one of the most talked-about picks in the draft.
Apr 17 - 9:37 PM

An anonymous LSU coach said that due to various nagging injuries in 2017, RB Derrius Guice "wasn't even back up to his top speed until the bowl game."

"(In the pros) [Guice] will be the same player he was in 2016. If you had a grade on him after last year, you should use that," the scout explained. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares the 5-foot-10, 224-pounder to Marshawn Lynch and writes that Guice's physical brand of ball "could lead to a shorter career" before adding that "he has a chance to make a big splash early." Guice has visited the Redskins and Eagles over the past few days as he angles for a potential first-round selection.
Apr 17 - 7:08 PM

Derrius Guice is taking an official predraft visit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Jon Ledyard passed along this planned visit last week. The Eagles have shown tremendous interest in Guice during the evaluating season -- not only are they currently hosting him for the official visit, they also worked him out privately this past Friday. If Philly is truly intent on drafting the LSU standout, it's going to be touch-and-go without a trade. We've seen Guice floated as a potential mid-first-round selection in mock drafts and the like.
Apr 17 - 2:08 PM

NDT Scouting's Jon Ledyard passes along that LSU RB Derrius Guice will be meeting with, working out for and visiting the Philadelphia Eagles over the coming days.

We're seeing an incredibly concentrated connection between the Eagles and Guice, here. This is the timeline on which this will play out -- the Eagles will meet with the LSU standout in Louisiana on Thursday night, before running him through a private workout on Friday. Then -- following a weekend visit to the Redskins -- Guice will head to Philly for an official predraft visit. Picking at No. 32, the Eagles might or might not be able to secure his services without a trade. The earliest we expect Guice to seriously be in play for a selection is in the early teens, say around the Redskins at pick No. 13, but it wouldn't surprise us if he's still available as Day 1 is winding down.
Apr 12 - 3:29 PM

LSU RB Derrius Guice has changed representation and signed with Young Money APAA Sports, Lil Wayne's group.

Usually something happens during the draft process that leads to a change in representation, especially at this point in the process after the training and workouts are over. Guice is projected to be a first-round pick, possibly as early as No. 13.
Apr 9 - 10:40 AM

LSU RB Derrius Guice is in New England on Sunday for a private visit with the Patriots.

With Dion Lewis off to the Titans, the Patriots' RB depth chart currently consists of James White, Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden. The numbers work from a roster perspective, but New England may not be averse to adding a true No. 1 back if the price is right on Draft Day. Guice (5'10/224) would certainly provide that. He comes with a Round 1 sticker price.
Apr 8 - 3:31 PM

LSU RB Derrius Guice is scheduled to take official predraft visits to the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in the coming days.

Guice (5'10/224) was originally scheduled to visit the Eagles earlier in the process, but that had to be pushed back due to what Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline termed as "flight issues." Guice met with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants following his pro day on Wednesday and additionally spent time with the Lions, Steelers and Redskins. He could potentially draw a pick in the middle of Round 1 later this month, though we see him more as a borderline Day 1/Day 2-type talent.
Apr 5 - 6:43 PM