Jackson First Tiger Taken in NFL Draft After Guice Slips

Posted April 28, 2018

"Why is LSU RB Derrius Guice sliding?" Guice joins a crowded backfield that also includes 2017 fourth-round pick Samaje Perine, third-down back Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley, who earned the starting job out of training camp a year ago.

Guice said he models his running style after Marshawn Lynch, and if he succeeds in Washington, he'll be the answer to a problem that has vexed the Redskins throughout the Jay Gruden era - they picked Matt Jones in the third round of the draft with similar promises of a physical style.

Gruden said the team spent time with Guice throughout the pre-draft process, including the Combine, Senior Bowl and his pro day, as well as an in-person visit in Ashburn. "There's some things that we were just a little concerned about".

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Guice also said he was taken aback by how the draft unfolded.

"I already got enough backlash". "I can't wait to be unleashed on the field".

His selection drew the loudest cheers of the night at AT&T Stadium, in contrast to how the locals greeted Dallas' first-rounder, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, whose reception was cool at best.

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In three years at LSU, Guice ran for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 250 yards and three scores.

"I've been talking to (my agents) the whole time either and this is all news to them as well", Guice said. "It just kind of happened". According to reports from NFL Network and ESPN, Guice later backtracked and told multiple teams in interviews that he was not actually asked those questions by any teams.

He made news in March during an interview on SiriusXM Satellite Radio when he said one National Football League team at the scouting combine asked if he was gay and another club asked if his mother "sells herself".

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The Redskins, without a third-round pick due to the Alex Smith trade, chose to move back from No. 44 in a swap with San Francisco, adding that third-round pick. No one doubts the talent - and you're absolutely right, the Redskins have loved him throughout the [draft] process, had they traded back in the first-round, it's someone they may have considered.