Derrius Guice was selected by the Washington Redskins with the 59th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
A three-year standout at LSU, Guice rushed for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns on 471 attempts in his college career, leading the SEC in rushing yards and yards per carry as a sophomore in 2016. Measuring in at 5-foot-10 and 224 pounds, Guice ran his 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at the 2018 NFL Combine, making him the fifth-fastest running back in the class.
Here are five facts you need to know about Guice:
1. Derrius Guice is a complete runner
When healthy, Guice is known for being a home-run back. In 2016, Guice broke more carries of 30 yards or longer than any other Power 5 running back (11) and ran for 20 yards or longer more times (19) than all Power 5 running backs except Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Pittsburgh’s James Conner.
But if you look at Guice’s highlight tape, he’s also known for his power. Most notably, the time Guice trucked through Louisville’s kicker on a kick return and his thunderous, 3-broken-tackle carry in the 2018 Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame.
2. Derrius Guice has waited his turn
The flashes were always there for Guice, who led the SEC in yards per carry as a freshman in 2015. But Guice only carried 51 times that season as he was second on LSU’s depth chart behind the nation’s leader in rushing yards per game and future No. 4 draft pick Leonard Fournette.
Even in his breakout 2016 season, Guice only started eight games, earning his keep when Fournette was unable to play. And injuries plagued Guice throughout his junior campaign, keeping him off the field for one game and limiting him through the first half of the season.
3. Derrius Guice has incredible backstory
In a lot of ways, football has saved Guice’s life. Born and raised in South Baton Rouge, Guice was 5 years old when his father was murdered. The running back grew up in poverty in an area of town known as “The Bottom,” using football as his escape from the squalor and negativity surrounding him.
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Guice went to Catholic High School, an elite private school in a higher income area of Baton Rouge, excelling in football there. As a recruit, Guice was the No. 5 running back and No. 2 prospect in Louisiana for the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports.
4. Derrius Guice is a gamer
No, not on the football field. Guice has carved out a significant following online by playing video games, streaming videos of himself playing Madden or Fortnite live on Twitch. Guice has more than 2,000 followers on Twitch, more than 3,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 40,000 total views across the platforms.
5. Some teams may be wary of Derrius Guice
In his three seasons at LSU, Guice was never arrested, suspended or involved in any major off-the-field issues. Despite this, anonymous NFL officials have described Guice as a “draft risk” because of his immaturity.
This was most evident after the NFL combine when Guice told members of the media about inappropriate questions he was asked by team personnel. Guice’s video game habit has also been questioned by some teams, leading Guice to rebuke the notion that spending time online should be considered a character question.
The 2018 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m. CT. The second round will begin on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. CT.