Derrius Guice scouting report
LSU Running Back #5
Junior, 5’11” 222
- Always keeps his feet moving
- Runs “angry”
- Great blocker
- Hits the hole fast and hard
- Great center of gravity
- Not as patient as you’d like
- Catches ball with his body not hands
- Lacks great lateral quickness
A 4-star running back coming out of high school, Derrius Guice was the 8th ranked back in the 2015 recruiting class. He held offers from 7 schools and signed with LSU. During his college career, he accumulated 3,074 yards on 471 carries and 29 scores. He saw the field very little his freshman year but still managed 8.5 yards a carry despite being Leonard Fournette’s backup. His sophomore year he stepped in for an injured Fournette and took off. He lit the college world on fire with 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns. His junior year he battled injuries most of it but still managed to accumulate 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns.
When healthy Guice is one of the best running backs in college football. His injury history could be a problem in the NFL as he constantly was banged up. However, when healthy the guy is almost impossible to tackle. His breakaway speed is great, which allows him to be a constant home run threat.
He always keeps his feet moving which leads to many missed tackles by defenders and allows him to gain extra yards once hit. He has a great center of gravity, which allows him to stay upright and not get tackled often. Many times, you will see him carry a few guys with him to gain extra yards. He is the type of running back you want for “smash mouth” football, where you just pound the ball on offense and rely on your defense.
He is great at pass blocking, which could allow him to see the field early and often as a rookie. When pass blocking he gets physical and stuffs the defender off the bat. One play that really stood out to me was him versus Alabama’s defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne (a 305 LB guy). He was able to stop him in his tracks to allow his quarterback enough time to get the ball out. This shows that he is not afraid to stick his nose in there and get physical. He is an average route runner but catches the ball with his body. This is not a good trait for the next level and leads to many dropped passes. Because of this and his ability to run people over in the run game, I don’t believe he will be catching many balls at the next level.
When running the ball, he is not as patient as you would like him to be. He trusts his eyes, which is a good thing, but once he sees where he wants to go he doesn’t change his mind. This can lead to him not gaining as many yards as possible. Because he is such a powerful runner though many times he will still gain a couple yards where other backs would not gain any or lose them. He looks more comfortable running between the tackles than he does running to the outside. He trusts his blockers and is patient enough to follow them.
Rating Derrius Guice
(all out of 10)
Lateral quickness: 7.9
Tackle breaking: 9.7
Projected Round: mid-late 1st
Videos watched: vs Alabama (2017), vs Notre Dame (2018), vs Ole Miss (2017), vs Texas A&M (2016)