ARLINGTON, Texas - The Washington Redskins selected running back Derrius Guice in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Guice (5-11, 224) played in 36 career games with 17 starts at LSU from 2015-17. During his collegiate career, he accrued 3,074 rushing yards and 29 rushing touchdowns on 471 carries in addition to contributing 32 receptions for 250 yards and three receiving touchdowns. His 3,074 career rushing yards rank fifth in school history, and his 6.53 yards-per-carry average ranks second all-time in SEC history behind Auburn’s Bo Jackson (6.62).
Projected as a likely first round pick, Guice fell to late in the second round - reportedly due to off the field concerns. NFL Network reports sources describe Guice as "immature" and "high maintenance," noting some of his visits with teams did not go well. Insider Ian Rapoport added there were incidents in college that teams found out about that were not previously reported.
"We'll keep a close eye on him like we do with all our players, without a doubt," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Friday night. "He's a young kid, but he's a physical runner and I think he's a very good football player, and at the end of the day, it's our job to surround him with good people. We have great leaders in place here. I think he'll fit right in.”
Last season, Guice earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches and media after rushing for 1,251 yards with 11 touchdowns on 237 carries. He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in five games, including a season-high 276 yards in a win at Ole Miss.
As a sophomore in 2016, Guice led the SEC in rushing yardage (1,387) despite only starting six of the 12 games in which he appeared, garnering first-team All-SEC honors at running back in addition to earning a second-team all-purpose selection from the league’s coaches. He played in 12 games as a freshman in 2015, contributing 436 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns on 51 carries.
Guice, 20, attended Catholic H.S. in Baton Rouge, La., where he earned 5A all-state and all-metro honors after rushing for 1,101 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He was born June 21, 1997.
With their third round selection, a pick acquired in a trade with San Francisco earlier in the night, the Redskins draft Louisville tackle Geron Christian (No. 74 overall.
Christian (6-5, 298) played in 39 career games at Louisville, starting every contest in his three seasons with the Cardinals from 2015-17. Last season, he was an integral part in Louisville finishing third in the nation in total offense (544.9 yards per game) and 11th in the nation in scoring offense (38.1 points per game), ranking atop the ACC in both categories.
The 'Skins selected Alabama defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne with the 13th pick in the first round.