LSU’s Derrius Guice Draft Profile
The Philadelphia Eagles have an interesting situation at running back. It has been reported that Darren Sproles is interested in returning to the Eagles. Doug Pederson has stated, “I want him to be an Eagle”. Along with Sproles, there is Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, who have carved out solid roles. There is also second-year back Donnel Pumphrey, who could become more involved. With that said, the Eagles could turn to the draft to bolster the running back position. While The Eagles haven’t selected a running back in the first round since 1986, that could change with LSU’s Derrius Guice.
I'd love to see some stats on Guice in the red zone. Tough physical match-up for any defender. Watch these back-to-back runs. LSU bodies Tennessee at the LOS and punches in the easy touchdown. pic.twitter.com/k8MKibFchr
— NFL Draft GIFs (@NFLDraftGIFs) December 28, 2017
The Next Fournette?
In the shadow of Leonard Fournette, Guice has made a name for himself. The two split carries in 2016 and Guice took over in 2017, as Fournette went to the NFL. While starting just six games in 2016, Guice made the most of it. He ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. He would earn first-team All-SEC honors along the way. Guice would close out the season by running for 138 yards and a touchdown winning MVP of the Citrus Bowl. During his final season in Baton Rouge, Guice ran 237 times for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns. Although Guice battled injuries in 2017, his production was still up to par. He produced 1,251 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns earning second-All-SEC honors. While Saquon Barkley is viewed as the top back, Guice is a close second.
At 5’10 212lbs, Guice has the power and speed you look for. He also has some versatility as a receiver and returner. While not a staple of the offense, Guice hauled in 32 catches for 250 yards and three touchdowns during his career. As a returner, he gained a modest 695 yards. At the combine, Guice ran a 4.49 40 time and also displayed a 31.5-inch vertical jump. Guice finished off his LSU career totaling 3,074 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns.
— Jared Feinberg (@JrodDraftScout) January 13, 2018
The Solution To The Eagles Backfield?
While running back isn’t a position of desperate need, Guice would solidify the position. Guice met with the Eagles on March 16th and running back coach Duce Staley is a big fan. It certainly helps when your NFL comparison is to that of Beastmode aka Marshawn Lynch. Like Lynch, Guice is a punishing runner and would bring that physicality to the backfield.
Against Ole Miss, Guice became the first running back in SEC history to have three career games of 250 rushing yards. With the loss of LeGarrette Blount, the Eagles could be eyeing a physical back to wear down defensives. A rotation of Guice, Clement, and Ajayi could prove to be dominant. As we approach the draft, LSU’s Derrius Guice is a name you will certainly hear more of.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) March 9, 2018
Derrius Guice's path to the NFL draft pic.twitter.com/JOE2r5ql0J
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— Eagles Report (@EaglesFGSN) March 29, 2018
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