If you’re like me, during the second round of the NFL Draft, you were wondering just how far Derrius Guice would fall. When the Redskins finally selected him at 59 overall in the second round, the Guice free fall came to an end. No one before the draft could have imagined that he would have been the 7th running back drafted this year. Most were projecting him to be the 2nd or at worst the 3rd back drafted. Reports of “character” issues were evidently the reason for Guice falling to the 2nd round. However, Derrius Guice was never suspended for off the field issues a single time while at LSU. Some other negative reports came in about his interviews with teams while at the combine that has since been denied by the teams that were rumored to have been involved. Simply put, I am not buying the rumors and whispers of a guy having character issues when there is absolutely no evidence to back this up.
Before the draft, Derrius Guice was the consensus 1.02 in rookie drafts ever since the college football season ended last year. For many after the draft, this changed, they have moved others above him due to the character issues and the slide on draft night that resulted in him not being picked nearly as high as most had thought. For me personally, I am not going to let some discredited rumors change my opinion on a player and move him down my rookie draft board. The situation Guice landed in playing for the Redskins, couldn’t have been much better. He joins a team that hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Alfred Morris left town in 2014. Washington has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL when healthy that should allow Guice to be very efficient in Jay Gruden’s system. No one in Washington at the running back position currently on the roster gives you any scare that could take carries away from Guice. Second-year back Samaje Perine averaged an underwhelming 3.4 yards per carry last season with only one rushing touchdown on 175 rushing attempts. Rob Kelley’s 2016 season seems like a lifetime ago after his 2017 season ended with only 194 rushing yards and only averaging 3.1 yards per carry. Chris Thompson is a very capable pass catcher who could take a few 3rd down passing situations away from Guice, but nothing more.
Going back to his time at LSU, in 2016 Guice outproduced current Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette in almost every statistical category. For LSU in 2016, Guice had 544 more rushing yards, 8 more touchdowns, and averaged 1.1 more yards per carry than Leonard Fournette. Guice also owns 3 of the top 4 single-game rushing performances in LSU history. Posting 285, 276, and 252 yards rushing in 3 separate games. At only 20 years old, Guice has the size, talent, and situation to be a fantasy stud for years to come in your line-up. Don’t let a draft slide and unproven character rumors distract you from that. Don’t regret this decision, and confidently take him at 1.02 in your rookie drafts.