The Redskins have added a dynamic running back they hope will pair well with quarterback Alex Smith, selecting Derrius Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Washington Redskins have a new playmaker at the running back position.
On Friday evening, after a trade with the 49ers, moving Washington back to the No. 59-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected LSU running back Derrius Guice in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Guice joins the Redskins on the heels of a productive collegiate career in which he rushed for more than 3,000 yards.
In three seasons with the Tigers, Guice carried the ball 471 times for 3,074 yards and 29 touchdowns along with 32 receptions for 250 yards and three receiving touchdowns.
During his junior season in 2017, Guice was named a second-team All-SEC selection, as he recorded 1,251 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 237 carries. The Baton Rouge, La., native began the season with back-to-back 100-yard, two-touchdown games against BYU and Chattanooga.
His best performance of the year, though, came against Ole Miss in late October, as he recorded a season-high 276 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries (12.5 yards per attempt). Guice also had a three-touchdown game against Arkansas before closing out his college career with two receiving touchdowns against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
As a sophomore in 2016, Guice was a first-team All-SEC selection along with being named to Scout.com's All-America team, as he rushed for nearly 1,400 yards with 15 touchdowns despite only starting six of his 12 outings.
After recording just three yards on two attempts in the season-opener against Wisconsin, Guice tallied at least 100-yard in six of his next 11 games including two 200-yard performances in two of the final three regular season games.
Against Arkansas, the 5-foot-10, 212 pounder logged 252 yards and two touchdowns on the ground before carrying the ball 37 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns two weeks later against Texas A&M.
He closed out the season helping lead LSU to a 29-9 victory over Louisville, as his 138 rushing yards and two total touchdowns were enough to be named Citrus Bowl MVP.
During his freshman season, Guice carried the ball 51 times for 436 yards and three touchdowns as he was a freshman all-conference selection by SEC coaches.
With Guice's addition, the Redskins now have seven running backs on the roster, joining Kapri Bibbs, Rob Kelley, Byron Marshall, Keith Marshall, Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson.
NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF DERRIUS GUICE
- Guice is the 468th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 38th second-round selection in that time frame. He is the 56th second-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
- Guice becomes the first offensive player selected by the Redskins in the second round since the team selected three offensive players in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
- Prior to Guice's selection, the Redskins had used a second-round pick to select a defensive player six consecutive times, including the selections of LB Ryan Anderson (2017), S Su'a Cravens (2016), LB Preston Smith (2015), LB Trent Murphy (2014), CB David Amerson (2013) and DL Jarvis Jenkins (2011). (Note: The team did not make a second-round selection in 2012.) The six consecutive second-round picks on defensive players prior to Guice represented the longest stretch used by the Redskins on one side of the ball in the second round in the Common Draft era.
- Guice becomes the first running back selected by the Redskins in the second round since the team drafted Iowa's Ladell Betts with the No. 56 overall pick in 2002.
- Dating back to 2011, the Redskins have now selected a running back in eight consecutive drafts, the team's longest stretch since taking a running back in nine consecutive years across the 1983-91 drafts, which each consisted of 12 rounds.
- Guice is the 12th LSU product selected by the Redskins all-time, joining E Charlie Webb (1946), B Red Knight (1947), E Charlie Webb (1947), B Dan Sandifer (1948), T Ray Potter (1952), B Vince Gonzales (1956), E Billy Shoemake (1959), RB Bob Brunet (1968), TE Robert Royal (2002), S LaRon Landry (2007) and LB Perry Riley (2010).
- Guice becomes the first LSU product selected by the Redskins in the second round in franchise history. His selection marks the fourth-highest the Redskins have selected a player from LSU, trailing S LaRon Landry's selection at No. 6 overall in 2007, B Red Knight's selection at No. 17 overall in 1947 and B Dan Sandifer's selection at No. 28 overall in 1948.
- Including the selections DL Jonathan Allen and LB Ryan Anderson in 2017 and the selections of DL Da'Ron Payne and Guice in 2018, the Redskins have selected four consecutive players from the Southeastern Conference with their four most-recent first- and second-round picks. It marks the first time the Redskins have taken four players from the same conference with four consecutive first- or second-round picks in the Common Draft era.
- Guice becomes the sixth player selected by the Redskins all-time with the No. 59 overall pick, joining T Roy Young (1938), T Bob Hendren (1946), T Hank Harris (1947), B Gary Lowe (1956) and FB Jim Snowden (1964).