Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Guice is a bruiser. He’s not a running back that defenders are going to get big hits on, because he is usually the one putting his head down and running through them. He’s also more agile than he gets credit for. He can make defenders miss without having to run though them. He refuses to go down and makes yards out of nothing just from his physicality. Guice is a guy who can come in and be a workhorse back from day one.
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He has dealt with his fair share of injuries. The healthy Guice is a completely different player than the injured one. He showed competence as a receiver in the bowl game LSU played against Notre Dame, catching two passes for touchdowns, but he hasn’t been used heavily in the pass game throughout his career at LSU. Over three seasons, he hauled in just 32 passes.
The Bottom Line:
This guy is likely to be a first-rounder for good reason. Guice is a back that defenders are going to hate to tackle. He’s not going to have any trouble creating yards on his own. He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 224 pounds, which is just about exactly what you want in a running back that’s going to carry the load for you. This would be a “best player available” pick for the Ravens at 16, and given that they were interested enough to bring him in for a visit in March, I can see them making it Thursday night.