Former LSU star running back Derrius Guice, thought to be a first round talent, was not selected until No. 59 overall by the Washington Redskins. Details are starting to trickle out regarding why he fell so far down draft boards.
Early Friday night, Todd McShay noted that he’d been told that Guice had been late to meetings and had “accountability” issues. But Adam Schefter had a great deal more information to share after Guice was picked.
Here’s what Schefter had to say live on ESPN after Guice finally went:
“That’s exactly why he became the seventh running back selected in this draft. There were many teams that had many questions about Derrius Guice and they stemmed from a variety of factors.
Essentially, we go back to the Combine, where afterwards, Derrius Guice said in a radio interview on Sirius XM that basically he’d been asked if he liked men. He had been asked about his mother’s work habits.
Essentially, the NFL launched an investigation where it questioned many teams. And of the teams that Derrius Guice met with, none of them believed his version of the events. The NFL launched an investigation and found that no evidence of any wrongdoing had occurred – no team had asked a question.
And in fact, Derrius Guice even admitted to one of the teams – at least one of the teams – that he had not been asked that question.
There were other issues with Derrius Guice. One team compared him to Dalvin Cook in the draft last year, where Dalvin Cook had first round talent but fell into the second round where the Minnesota Vikings took him and he became a huge rookie bargain.
Right now, the Washington Redskins are hoping that he can do for them what Cook did for the Vikings last year until he got hurt.”
There’s also this, from Benjamin Allbright:
From a league source on Guice: "He got into an altercation at a meeting with the Eagles. He had several meetings where he came across lazy only wants to play video games. We caught a direct dishonesty from him in our meeting."
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) April 28, 2018
Guice seems like a good fit for Washington, but obviously, that’s contingent upon him living up to his responsibilities on and off the field. Only time will tell.