Former LSU running back Derrius Guice has been honest about the impact his NFL draft slide had on him as he fell from a projected first-round selection to pick No. 59 in the second round. And to make things tougher for Guice, he had to endure it all in the green room in Dallas, with cameras everywhere.
In speaking with The Washington Post’s Kimberly Martin, Guice admitted to taking the slide tough.
“Next thing I know, I’m outside in [expletive] tears,” Guice said. “Knowing where I come from and worked my whole life for this, just to get [expletive] on in front of everybody and get embarrassed in the green room, especially off a bunch of lies,” Guice said. “I don’t care what nobody says. ‘Oh man, you’ve got to just enjoy this’ — Man, [expletive] that. I came into that green room that day to get picked in the first round. Not to still see [NFL commissioner Roger] Goodell after and to get invited to tomorrow.”
Many believe that Guice fell in the draft because of “character concerns.” There were a number of stories written about Guice in the draft process describing everything from him missing a meeting to him talking about a question about his sexuality that he claimed an NFL team asked. The NFL launched an investigation into the latter and did not find any support to Guice’s claims.
Guice is hardly the first prospect to fall in the draft and have to face it from the green room. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went through a similar situation during the 2005 NFL Draft, though he was still picked late in the first round. Rodgers has gone on to become a two-time winner of the NFL Most Valuable Player award and a Super Bowl champion.
Although he wasn’t selected in the first round, Guice landed in a good situation. The team that selected him — Washington — doesn’t have a ton of talented options ahead of him on the depth chart. Guice should have an excellent shot at playing early and potentially having an impact similar to what Leonard Fournette had in his rookie year for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017.