Derrius Guice- RB LSU

5-10, 224, (O 4.49), 31.5" Vert, 

30 3/4" Arms, 

15 Reps, 9 3/4" Hands, 

Better Than A Power Back. 

By TOM

You cannot talk about Guice without talking about about 2016. He was worlds better in 2016. It seemed like it took three or four guys to tackle him on every play. He carried more defenders and kept running than anyone I've seen since Earl. Now I'm not say he's Campbell, but he's the closest I've seen to the best RB I ever saw run, in 2016. He ran for 16 TDs in 2016, but 12 of them were in the five games that Fournette missed. That is why he will go in the 1st. 

In 2017, not so much. But he was injured all season. In some ways his 2017 season was better than his 2016. In 2016, he was the back up with no pressure. Fournette would set 'em up, and he'd knock him down. He was also able to rest a lot more in games. He also has some off the field issues that are worrying some teams. 

However, he was just never able to get it going this season. He was very pumped up, and looked like he lost some speed. But it is hard to tell because he was injured. He can really show his speed in the open field, when he catches the ball out of the backfield. He is such a great receiver out of the backfield. When he is in space, he is as good as any RB in this Draft. He just didn’t have an O-line that could do that for him.

He always seems to get a couple more yards than you think, and then spin or dive for a few more, and than more often than you think is possible when you think the play is over, he gets a couple more. "Don't waste your time on 2017 film because he wasn't even back up to his top speed until the bowl game," an LSU coach told Zierlein. "He will be the same player he was in 2016. If you had a grade on him after last year, you should use that." Very nifty with the ball in his hands. 

Very underrated slasher, and make you miss and speed guy. Because he is such a great power back. Great RB following his blockers. He seems to make the right read and cut every time. Makes guys miss in traffic with quick nifty moves. Tries hard to block, but ends up blocking like a FB too much. He needs to extend his arms and use his hands. 

2017 (Senior): Played in 12 games with 11 starts … Second team All-SEC selection … Led LSU and ranked No. 2 in the SEC in rushing yards per game (104.2) … Rushed for 1,21 yards and 11 TDs on 237 carries … Fourth in the SEC in rushing yards (1,251), No. 7 in rushing TDs (11) and No. 3 in rushing attempts (237) … Had a total of five 100-yard games, including a season-best 276 yards and 1 TD in road win over Ole Miss …Named Maxwell Award National Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss … Opened season with 122 yards and a pair of TDs in win over BYU in New Orleans.

He is a terrific receiver out of the backfield. He was such an elite power back in 2016 that it is easy to forget that he has great hands sneaking out of the backfield. He punishes DBs outside in the passing game like a bulldozer. He was the backup back in 2016, and had to play a lot on 3rd down. 

Vey quick and flashy RB. Dynamic feet for hopping and bopping all over behind his blockers. Returns kick-offs. Great slasher. He rushed for over 1,000-yards and 14 TDs backing up Fournette. Great at slicing through small cracks at the line. Elite jump cuts to make guys miss. He is great running through contact. He is one of the top RBs at getting yards after contact. He runs angry.

He always seems to keep his feet moving. He had 12 TDs in the five games that Fournette did not play in because of injury. He does not get caught from behind. He can pull away from DBs 50-yards downs field. Great returner on Kick offs. He reminds me of Kareem Hunt, only stronger.

He looked like he was finally healthy against Alabama, and he was running much more like 2016. Terrific in blitz pick up. He can also lead block for the WR. When they give him room to slash, he can look like he did last year. 

He could go lower than expected because some teams don't like his Character Concerns. Some teams obviously think he is gay. Some teams are worried that he never really recovered from his leg injury all season long, and some teams are pissed that he squealed about the jerk-balls question some coach asked him. 

Of course that could end very well for Guice, as his floor is now seems to be 32 or 31. "The #Eagles are heading down to LSU to meet with Derrius Guice tonight, then will put him through a private workout in the morning tomorrow," Ledyard Twitted. "Then they will host Guice on a visit in Philadelphia on Monday-Tuesday of next week. Lot of interest there." The Eagles have done the best job drafting the past few years, and have Guice in their sights, and the Pats seem interested as well.

Overview: Left his mark as LSU as one of the most electrifying ball carriers in school history … Played in 36 games with 17 starts during his three years at LSU … Opted to forgo senior season and entered into the 2018 NFL Draft … Capped his three-year career with the Tigers with 3,074 rushing yards, the fifth-highest total in school history … In all, set three school records and ranked among the Top 10 in LSU history in 28 categories … Holds LSU records for rushing yards in a game (285 at Texas A&M, 2016), longest rushing touchdown (96 yards at Arkansas, 2016), rushing yards in a season (7.579 in 2016), career rushing yards per carry (6.53) … His 6.53 rushing yards per carry ranks No. 2 in SEC history behind only Bo Jackson (6.62 on 650 carries) … Finished with 4,019 all-purpose yards to rank No. 8 in LSU history … Recorded three 200-yard games and 12 100-yard games during his career … LSU was 12-0 in games in which he rushed for 100 yards or more … Scored 32 touchdowns (29 rushing, 3 receiving).

ND: Great goal line runner. He can consistently make the defense have to have three guys to tackle him. Terrific receiver on the goal line. He has some wiggle when he gets out in space. Nice shimmy-shimmy-shake on the edge. He is a much better runner in the 4th, when his O-line was finally wears the defense down. Guice showed his power, and elite lateral burst in the Bowl game against ND. He ran over two guys, and under one to almost score the winning TD on a shuffle pass. Which set up the go ahead FG with two minutes left. 

Miss ST: He doesn't look as fast to me as he did last season. He is not given a lot of room to run. They lost three seniors off their O-line to the 2017 Draft, and this O-line looks too young. Plus, the new O-Coordinator makes three guys do a little dance, by motioning them to the other side of the line, on every, single, damn, play. The passing game at LSU is not good, and every defense knows it. He is not getting any lanes to run through this year. But he consistently refuses to be tackled by one defender. 

BYU: He always seems to keep his feet moving. He does not get caught from behind. It seems to take three guys to tackle him, like Marshawn Lynch. He can pull away from DBs 50-yards down field. Elite strength. He looked so much stronger against BYU to start this season that it is not funny. Nice spin move for extra yardage. He has great speed and balance.

FLA: He has nice hands to smoothly catch the ball thrown behind him. He will lead block for Williams sometimes. He is dropping in my eyes, but there are times when he carries DBs and looks like the prospect he was last season. But he has been playing behind three freshman OLs, instead of the veteran group he had last season. 

2016: Vey quick and flashes elite RB skills. Dynamic feet for hopping and bopping all over behind his blockers. Great slasher. He rushed for over 1,000-yards and 14 TDs as the backup for Fournette. Great at slicing through small cracks at the line. Elite jump cuts to make guys miss. He is great running through contact. He is one of the top RBs I've seen getting yards after contact in a long time. He runs angry. He is the strongest runner I have seen in a long time. 

Auburn 2017: He was moving better against Auburn. He started showing some suddenness moving forward again. He showed a lateral burst to make a guy miss on the second level. Then he moved the pile as he refused to go down. He is clearly getting healthy. He had some excellent slashing runs against Auburn. He had some of the strongest legs I ever saw, staying up with defenders jumping on his back, in 2016. 

Combine: A 4.49 was a huge number for him. He looked slow and injured, and tentative all season. But when you watch the tape in 2016 when Fournette was out, he was an easy 1st. He had an okay season last year. He was injured, and his O-line was devastated in last years Draft. I don't think he was able to overcome the loss of leadership of his O-line getting Drafted in 2017. 

But he was bad in 2017. He was a different guy as well. He probably played a lot of games when he shouldn't have. But if he can get back to the slashing and the speed he ran with in 2016, he is an elite RB just behind Barkley. Forty times were very inconsistent, just like his play last season. He would look like a 1st one week, and than a Day Three guy the next. But, if you ignore last season he is the second best RB in this Draft.

He looked like he got his speed and athleticism back at the Combine. Great feet and explosion in trash drill. He looked so good chancing direction in drills. Soft hands in Texas route drill. Great hands to spin back and catch the ball thrown behind him in flare drill. 

Derrius Guice Vs Auburn 2016:

He didn't get a lane like that from the O-line in 2017. He slashed between his OC and OG and shot through the 2nd level like a rocket. That's a 53-yard run (:05). Play action into pass pro. He was expected to block in 2016, and he usually did a good job (:17). He stayed inside a little as he read the blocks (:26). Then he ran through a leg tackle, but it got him off balance enough for the LB to take him down.

Nice position, balance, and feet moving backwards outside to protect the QB. He made the DE go inside (:44). Yay, he finally completed a block. He gave the rusher a nice shoot with his shoulder pads (:54). He needs to use his hands more. He has great strength and balance, and a knack for position in pass pro, but he needs a little more technique work. 

Guice Vs Auburn 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81hk0O0V5kA

Guice Vs BYU:

First off, what the hell is that? They did that silly three or four blocker shift before every play. Which made it even more ridiculous, because every defense knew they were not set up when they came to the Line Of Scrimmage. Then they occasionally would do an entire line shift (except the OC obviously;). They would do other shifts as well. It never seemed to help fool the defense, and thus made me question the validity of the OC (:02). Guice ended up in the slot and ran a jet sweep. Fournette was more of a snow plow, while Guice was more like Campbell. He was just such a strong guy, when his legs are healthy, that he just didn't do down and kept inching forward.

So maybe not every, single, play, but.... When he gets a lane, he looked like the best RB in the Draft .Which is truly as great a compliment as you can give in this year's Draft (:27). But it sure seemed like every, single, play.... He cut behind the FB, and moved the pile a few yards (:33). His O-line lost three seniors to last years Draft (:56). They were way to young, and way to mixed up by the presnap shenanigans to help Guice out enough. That was three missed blocks.

He made one guy miss behind his blocker. Then watch the great cutback that made three guys miss. He was such an elite power back that whenever he showed his quicks and speed was when he looks like a lock in the 1st (1:07). You can see the speed outside, when his O-line blocked well, and the burst through the 2nd level (1:19). Then he knocked the safety off his feet, and just lowered his head a little. It consistently took three guys to take him down.

Watch how he avoided the free rusher at the LOS. Great redirection twice to get through the line. Than it took four guys to take him down (1:31). Option run. Watch the quick move in the hole to make the DL miss again (1:40). Just nowhere to go with five guys in the hole (1:49). I don't even know what to say about that formation, except it got worse as the season wore on (2:01). Quick toss. He got past the two DLs, and then got a gut shot from the LB. 

He got through the line for the 1st, and hopped forward for a few more (2:12). He was a beast on the goal line. Dived for the TD, even though a DL got his foot (2:20). He still used his shoulder pads to block, like a FB, too much (2:35). He has that knack for making quick little cuts in traffic for extra yards (2:43). It not easy to stop him on the Goal line (2:53). He has that knack for slashing through a small crack (3:05). His O-line was not as good in 2017 as it was in 2016 (3:15). Power toss (3:21). Nice speed to the outside. He tried to cut back in front of three defenders again, with #63 running behind them instead of into the them. BYU was vigilant to attack him with three defenders each play.

The shimmy-shimmy-shake to make the LB miss with a straight arm. Then he spun past #5. He was so much more than just a power back (3:30). When you give him a lane he exploits it every time (3:43). He is so good at getting low, and powering forward for extra yards (3:58). The OLs are still doing all the odd shifting, but it is just too annoying to keep keeping it on Tape (4:04). Great speed and curl through the hole. He is a great downhill runner. Watch the great hit by the Safety that he spun out of. 

I think he was tackled by the football. He runs with elite ball security. I can't remember him fumbling the ball (4:18). Nice shift outside a little (4:26). Great job weaving behind his blockers. Then he lowered his head for the 1st (4:38). Then spun for a few more. He sometimes seems to get a few more after I'm sure he is down.

Straight power. Watch him lower his shoulder thought the DT and into the LB's gut and power through him. That is the power back that everyone always sees, as he fights for even a few more. It is amazing how he seemed to get a few more yards after you think the play is over (4:49). Power dive on the Goal line (5:00). Two defenders crash unblocked into Guice. 

Guice Vs Auburn 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qDq0PtNTd8

Guice's Official Bio:

2017 Second Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, Associated Press)
2017 Maxwell Award National Player of the Week (at Ole Miss)
2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (at Ole Miss) 
2016 Citrus Bowl MVP 
2016 First Team All-America (Scout)
2016 First Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, Associated Press)
2016 Second Team All-SEC – All Purpose (SEC Coaches)
2016 Walter Camp National Player of the Week (at Texas A&M)
2016 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Missouri, at Arkansas, at Texas A&M)
2015 SEC All-Freshman Team (SEC Coaches)
2015 SEC Freshman of the Week (vs. South Carolina)

CAREER:
Left his mark as LSU as one of the most electrifying ball carriers in school history … Played in 36 games with 17 starts during his three years at LSU … Opted to forgo senior season and entered into the 2018 NFL Draft … Capped his three-year career with the Tigers with 3,074 rushing yards, the fifth-highest total in school history … In all, set three school records and ranked among the Top 10 in LSU history in 28 categories … Holds LSU records for rushing yards in a game (285 at Texas A&M, 2016), longest rushing touchdown (96 yards at Arkansas, 2016), rushing yards in a season (7.579 in 2016), career rushing yards per carry (6.53) … His 6.53 rushing yards per carry ranks No. 2 in SEC history behind only Bo Jackson (6.62 on 650 carries) … Finished with 4,019 all-purpose yards to rank No. 8 in LSU history … Recorded three 200-yard games and 12 100-yard games during his career … LSU was 12-0 in games in which he rushed for 100 yards or more … Scored 32 touchdowns (29 rushing, 3 receiving) … First-Team All-America from Scout.com in 2016 as well as being a first team All-SEC selection that year … Earned second team All-SEC honors in 2017 despite playing most of the season with a nagging injury … Only player in SEC history with three 250-yard games in a career … Stands as the only player in SEC history to rush for 250 yards or more against a SEC team twice in the same season (2016: 285 at Texas A&M, 252 at Arkansas) … Overall, joined Moe Williams of Kentucky as the only players in SEC history to have two 250-yard rushing games in the same season (2016) … Stepped in for an injured Leonard Fournette in 2016 and established himself as the top running back in the SEC … He said he “runs angry” when asked about his running style … Rarely taken down by one defender … Made several highlight reel runs during his career, including a kickoff return against Louisville in the 2016 Citrus Bowl when he dismantled the opposing kicker … One of just five players in LSU history with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs.

JUNIOR SEASON (2017):
Played in 12 games with 11 starts … Second team All-SEC selection … Led LSU and ranked No. 2 in the SEC in rushing yards per game (104.2) … Rushed for 1,21 yards and 11 TDs on 237 carries … Fourth in the SEC in rushing yards (1,251), No. 7 in rushing TDs (11) and No. 3 in rushing attempts (237) … Had a total of five 100-yard games, including a season-best 276 yards and 1 TD in road win over Ole Miss …Named Maxwell Award National Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss … Opened season with 122 yards and a pair of TDs in win over BYU in New Orleans … Followed that with 102 yards and two scores in win over Chattanooga … Missed Troy game with an injury … Had 147 yards and three TDs in win over Arkansas … Led LSU to a 45-21 win over Texas A&M with 127 yards and a TD in what proved to be his final game in Tiger Stadium … Rushed for 98 yards and scored two receiving TDs against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl in what was his final collegiate game … Scored at least one rushing TD in seven games.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016):
Played in 12 games, starting six times … Led the SEC in rushing yards (1,387) and ranked second in the league in rushing yards per game (115.6) … Led all SEC running backs in rushing touchdowns with 15, which ranked No. 2 overall in the SEC behind Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald … Averaged a whopping 7.6 yards per carry, also No. 1 in the SEC and No. 5 nationally … Capped season by being named MVP of the Citrus Bowl where he led the Tigers to a 29-9 win over Louisville … Rushed for 138 yards and one TD in the Citrus Bowl win … Added three receptions for 11 yards, including a 1-yard TD reception in the win over Louisville … Scored on a 70-yard run vs. Louisville … Rushed for 100 or more six times, including a school-record 285 yards and 4 TDs on 37 carries in road win over Texas A&M … The 285 rushing yards vs. Texas A&M broke the previous mark of 284 set by Leonard Fournette against Ole Miss on Oct. 22 … Against the Aggies, rushed for TDs of 45, 45, 6 and 1 yards in the 54-39 LSU victory … Had 252 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries in road win over Arkansas … Set the LSU record for longest rush in school history with 96-yard TD in the win over the Razorbacks … The 96-yard TD run ties for sixth in SEC history and represents the longest in a conference game since 1997 (John Avery of Ole Miss, 97 yards vs. Arkansas) … Earned SEC Player of the Week Honors three times as a sophomore – vs. Missouri, at Arkansas and at Texas A&M … Named Walter Camp Player of the Week after his record-setting game at Texas A&M ... Became the 46th and fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career rushing yard mark, needing only 113 attempts, when he reached the milestone against Southern Miss on Oct. 15 in what was the 18th game of his career … Was a part of the first LSU tandem to have a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing game at Texas A&M as Danny Etling passed for 324 yards and Guice had 285 rushing yards … Had 155 yards and one TD in home opener against Jacksonville State … Came up big with 163 yards and three TDs in win over Missouri in Ed Orgeron’s head coaching debut at LSU … Followed that with 162 yards and two scores against Southern Miss … Had a 52-yard run at Auburn and finished with 62 rushing yards in that contest … Rushed for 57 yards and a TD in win over Ole Miss and had 83 yards and a score vs. Florida … Scored at least one TD in eight games and had multiple TDs in six games … Of the 15 rushing TDs, eight came from at least 20 yards and five were 40 yards or longer …

FRESHMAN SEASON (2015):
Played in all 12 games, seeing time as second-string running back, kickoff returner and on special teams coverage units … Finished second on the team with 436 rushing yards on 51 attempts and scored three touchdowns … Averaged a staggering 8.5 yards per carry … Also caught five passes for 20 yards on the season … Ranked among SEC freshman leaders in rushing yards with 436 ... Finished ninth in the SEC in kickoff returns with a 23.6-yard average per return … Returned 20 kickoffs for 472 yards with a long of 75 … Averaged 7.3 yards per carry against Texas A&M as he carried the ball 10 times for 73 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown to give LSU the lead for good ... Also returned two kick-offs for 97 yards with a 75-yarder to start the second half in which he broke at least six tackles against the Aggies ... Ripped off a 47-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against Western Kentucky ... Shattered all of his career highs with 16 carries for 161 yards and one touchdown with an average of 10.1 yards per carry against South Carolina, earning him SEC Freshman of the Week honors ... His 161 rushing yards vs. USC were the sixth-most by a true freshman in LSU history ... Carried it six times for 55 yards, a 9.2-yard average, against Auburn and made his first reception … Worked his way into the rotation as LSU’s primary kickoff returner and also played well in special teams coverage.--

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