DERRIUS GUICE

LSU
RB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Baton Rouge, LA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
224 lbs
30 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.14
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.49
Seconds
 
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
31.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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In most cases, it would be tough for a team to lose an excellent backfield talent like Leonard Fournette. Fournette's injuries in 2016, however, gave Guice the opportunity to prove he could handle the starting job. He used his exceptional balance, violent running style, and speed to lead the SEC in rushing (1,387 yards) and rushing touchdowns for running backs (15) despite starting just six of 12 games played. The first-team All-SEC pick set a school record with 285 yards against Texas A&M and ranked fifth in the country with 7.6 yards per attempt on the year. He was named MVP of the Citrus Bowl with 138 yards and a score in the win over Louisville. Guice was banged-up himself early in the 2017 season, but managed to start 11 of 12 games played, receiving second-team All-SEC notice after rushing for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns on 237 carries (18 receptions, 124 yards, two touchdowns receiving). The five-star prospect from Baton Rouge (all-state pick with 1,341 rushing yards, 21 touchdowns, 617 receiving yards as a senior). He played in every game as a true freshman in 2015, averaging 8.5 yards on 51 carries and scoring three times when Fournette was unavailable. Guice has produced as a kick returner in his two years with the Tigers, gaining 472 yards on 20 attempts in 2015 and 223 yards on 11 tries in 2016.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Marshawn Lynch
Overview
Evaluating Guice requires settling in for two full seasons of tape study as he was only healthy a fraction of the 2017 season. While Guice has some elusiveness and long speed, much of his success comes from his furious running style and ability to create yardage after contact. Guice's yards per touch was two yards higher over his first two seasons compared to last year. Like Leonard Fournette the year before, teams may be willing to lock in on his sophomore tape to create their evaluations and grades. Guice's running style could lead to a shorter career, but he has a chance to make a big splash early.
Strengths
  • Completely different talent on healthy 2016 tape as opposed to injured 2017
  • Well built combining powerful lower body with good overall size
  • Winning combination of speed, power and balance
  • Good recognition of early trouble from penetration and makes alterations
  • Has quality vision and is able to make sudden cuts without rolling into low gear
  • Rarely rushes as interior runner
  • Sets up blocks and follows the plan
  • Gathers weight quickly after cuts and re-establishes his base
  • Exceptional contact balance carrying power to punish second-level tacklers
  • Can create his own fortune
  • Has footwork and athleticism to spin out of tackle attempts
  • Able to push piles
  • Shows ability to impose his will in the fourth quarter
  • Angle tackles won't get it done
  • Possesses homerun capability when he finds open field
  • Not a classic third-down back, but can pick up patches of yards out of backfield
Weaknesses
  • Dealt with recurring injury issues that short-circuited production throughout 2017 season
  • Needs to be more decisive through the line of scrimmage as a pro
  • Burst is just average
  • May not have enough juice to win races around the edge
  • Needs to do better job of dropping pad level at impact rather than just ducking helmet into contact as a weapon
  • Will opt to finish rather than spying additional opportunities at times
  • Has some hip tightness and needs additional room to elude tacklers when rolling downhill
  • Takes his fair share of heavy hits
  • Needs his reps to understand concepts
  • Slow out of his breaks as receiver
  • Needs to body up in pass pro
Sources Tell Us

"Don't waste your time on 2017 film because he wasn't even back up to his top speed until the bowl game. He will be the same player he was in 2016. If you had a grade on him after last year, you should use that." -- LSU assistant coach

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league