With the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles should select LSU running back Derrius Guice. The reasons are many, the fit is right, and the value is incredible.
When evaluating how college running backs will project to the NFL in the ground game, three critical factors are valued above all else. Those three are vision to see it, burst to run through smoke, and contact balance to finish.
Guice grades very high in those three factors. He’s decisive, with quick feet, suddenness in his acceleration, and not only absorbs contact well but also dishes it out with very good flexibility and play strength.
Further adding to his value, Guice is scheme versatile. While there are several backs in this deep running back class that need to find homes in either a gap or zone scheme, Guice has demonstrated the ability to be highly effective in both. While the Eagles are typically known as a zone running team, they ran close to the league average of gap running concepts. With a team as versatile as the Eagles, a scheme agnostic back like Guice further allows them to not tip their hand when he’s on the field.
Despite playing through injuries in 2017, Guice recorded his third game with 250+ rushing yards, the only SEC back to do so and putting him above Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker for the record. Simply put, Guice is a highly productive bell-cow back that will force the Eagles to reconsider their committee approach. He’s a slam dunk at 32nd overall.