Derrius Guice Draft Profile

derrius guice draft profile


  • Size
  • Powerful lower half
  • Balance
  • Decent vision
  • Tackle breaker
  • Footwork
  • Possesses home run ability in open field


Don’t judge Derrius Guice based on his 2017 tape, his tape from 2016 gives a true representation of the type of back Guice can be. He dealt with injuries seemingly every game this past season, severely affecting his play. An LSU assistant said it best, “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.”

Guice has a well-built frame combining a 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 to low gear. 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. 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.


  • Durability
  • Needs to be more decisive
  • Pass protection
  • Pad level
  • Takes big hits, even when he doesn’t have to
  • Not the best receiver


After dealing with injuries for all of 2017, it is safe to say, Guice comes with some durability concerns (as most running backs do).  Needs to be more decisiveness through the line of scrimmage as a pro. Burst is just average. May not have enough speed to win races around the edge. At times, Guice is too much of an upright runner and uses his head instead of pads to bury into a defender–Needs to do better job of dropping pad level at impact rather than just ducking helmet into contact as a weapon. Looks for contact too much and with his injury concerns that needs to be fixed quickly in the pros. 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–mental game is a question mark. Not a threat as a receiver–can get it done but should not be relied on in that capacity. Pass protection needs work and dedication.

Size: 5’11 212lbs

Draft Rank: T-No.1 RB

NFL Comparison: Jay Ajayi

Draft Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd

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