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2018 NFL Draft Profile: Running Back Derrius Guice

By Luis Tirado Jr.
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 14: Derrius Guice #5 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LSU defeated the Auburn 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 14: Derrius Guice #5 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball during a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The LSU defeated the Auburn 27-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile of running back Derrius Guice out of LSU breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and a draft day prediction.

When it comes to running back Derrius Guice out of LSU, a lot of words come to mind. Toughness. Playmaker. Natural touchdown machine. These are just some that quickly come to mind thanks to everything Guice brings to the table.

At 5-11 and 218 lbs., Guice is everything a team needs in a running back and then some. He is a force to reckon with since he can plow down defenders and even when several are trying to take him down, will always go for the extra yardage.

Of course, with any running back, it’s a risk drafting one that might have a lingering injury heading into their rookie season. Let’s take a look at his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights of his skill-set, and where he’ll end up getting selected in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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STRENGTHS

Guice is all about going the extra mile in everything he does in order to win football games. He has a great motor which allows him to rack up a few extra yards after the first initial hit. A natural born workhorse that is willing to be a featured running back capable of being effective on all three downs. At LSU, Guice totaled 3,074 rushing yards, 471 attempts, 6.5 yards per carry, and 29 touchdowns. Also has experience as a receiver out of the backfield as well as on kickoff returns.

WEAKNESSES

Unfortunately, Guice suffered a lingering knee injury last season that limited his ability to do what he does best on the gridiron. He played hurt as his numbers took a big dip in his final year at LSU but once he gets drafted, should hopefully be able to return to form. Regardless, it’s something that will hit his overall draft stock since selecting a running back with a high pick that had a lingering knee injury all of last season won’t be enticing to teams.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Due to his knee injury last season, the majority of NFL teams will more than likely not select him too high due to the risk involved. Expect to see Guice be a mid to late second-round pick for a team willing to give him a shot due to the kind of explosive running back he was before his knee injury.

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