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Former LSU running back Derrius Guice is vaulting up draft boards.

Derrius Guice is starting to rocket up NFL mock draft boards

Nick Suss

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Derrius Guice getting some respect

With the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft just eight days away, mock drafts are coming out at a frenzied rate. And unlike the situation from two or three months ago, former LSU running back Derrius Guice is starting to look like a guaranteed first-round pick.

If anything, Guice’s stock has risen quite a bit throughout the draft process. He was always considered the consensus second-best running back in the class behind Penn State product Saquon Barkley. But now Guice is appearing on virtually every reputable mock draft in the first round.

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NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah is the most bullish on Guice, slotting him at No. 13 to the Washington Redskins. In response to this prediction, Guice tweeted he’s “finally getting some respect on his name.” But this prediction makes more sense than respect. The Redskins sent some of their top brass to LSU’s pro day, including team president Bruce Allen and vice president of player personnel Doug Williams. And the Skins have worked out Guice in private as well. It seems like this is a marriage that could work.

Still, if No. 13 is a bit too high for Guice, most major mock drafts still have him going in the first round. SEC Country’s Connor Riley picks Guice No. 20 to the Detroit Lions. And Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both forecast Guice No. 32 to the Philadelphia Eagles, another team that’s worked out Guice privately.

When the draft rolls around next Thursday, it’s starting to seem more and more like Guice will be called on Day 1. Which shouldn’t surprise LSU fans. But you’ll get to know what jersey you can buy faster.

The battles keep on turning

Guice is gone. But it’s not just him. LSU has plenty of talent to replace in 2018. That’s why this spring has been so exciting. With about a week remaining in the 2018 spring session, let’s take a look at some of the most notable position battles and the latest news surrounding them:

Don’t get jumped, please

If you’re looking for the quote of the day from Tuesday, it came from Giles. When asked about teammate Racey McMath and his development, Giles had this to say:

“He’s coming in blocking. If I was to get jumped and I needed to call somebody, I would call Racey. Racey is very physical. I love that guy.”

It goes without saying, but here is a disclaimer: Don’t get jumped. Even if you’re with McMath. We here at the Bayou Bengal Briefing are very anti about our readers getting mugged.

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

What’s going on in the world of LSU recruiting? I’m glad you asked. Here’s the biggest and best news from Tuesday:

In LSU baseball news …

LSU baseball travels to New Orleans on Wednesday to match up with in-state rival Tulane for the second time this season. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be available to stream through Tulane’s website by clicking here. Watching that stream will cost a onetime fee of $6.95.

After months of bad news on the injury front, LSU baseball finally divulged some good news Tuesday. Second baseman Brandt Broussard is expected to return from injury Wednesday, playing for the first time since March 24 against Vanderbilt.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 18 is National Lineman Appreciation Day. It’s intended to be a day where we celebrate the jobs done by power line workers across the country. But this is the Bayou Bengal Briefing. So, we’re going to talk about offensive linemen.

Namely, junior college transfer guard Damien Lewis. There’ll be a full story about Lewis going live on SEC Country on Wednesday afternoon, and he has a fascinating story, so keep an eye out for that. But until then, here’s a picture of Lewis talking on Tuesday. The kid is strong.

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