ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Derrius Guice heard the rumors and wondered why he kept running away in the NFL draft.
Projected as a first-round selection, Guice spoke with his agents, saw six other runners get drafted and left without further answers. The end of his freefall came on Friday night when the Washington Redskins selected the LSU running at the end of the second round with the 59th seed.
Guice was finally chosen minutes after the NFL Network reported that some of his Visits did not go well and there were incidents at the university that the NFL teams discovered.
"I was surprised because many things came out of nowhere and they were not true, and I just did not understand why it comes out of all people because I'm great for everyone. a great personality and I just did not understand why everything hit me so much everyone, "Guice said in a conference call. "I am grateful to know that this entire process is over, that an organization believed in me and trusted me and I am ready to go to work."
Guice denied reports that he had an argument with Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and assistant coach Duce Staley during his preliminary visit to the defending Super Bowl champions said he had no idea that the NFL Network would suggest that possibly another story would come which could be embarrassing for him and for the organization. 19659002] "My trip to the Eagles was great," said Guice. "There was not an altercation when I went, it was great, they were also like family, I and Duce have a great relationship."
FM-97.5 in Philadelphia reported the argument. Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook said on the air Friday: "I think he had a little argument with Howie, and quite possibly also with Deuce, I do not know if they all agreed."
Coach Jay Gruden described Guice as a "character" with a lot of energy but left those meetings satisfied that there were no problems of characters off the field with the physical back of 5 feet 11 inches and 244 pounds. Eager to improve on the fifth-worst running game in the league, the Redskins met with Guice several times, took it after exchanging and selected Louisville's offensive tackle Geron Christian with the 74th pick they acquired from San Francisco for the No. 44.
"We looked at the reports and we talked to the Derrius agent and we got a very good indication that we felt good about taking Derrius to that position," Gruden said. "Lucky to catch him, this is a tough runner, he plays hard, he can catch the ball, he can pass the protection, he has good vision and a guy that we really liked in the first rounds."
Senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams recently promised the acquired quarterback, Alex Smith, would solve the team's race problem. Guice joins the overcrowded backfield that also includes the fourth-round pick 2017 Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley, who won the starting job last year.
On the field, Guice led all SEC careers with 1,387 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns despite starting just six games and setting the conference record with three 250-yard rushing games. He has durability problems, which combined with reports of problems outside the field probably contributed to his not being recruited higher.
"I've been talking to (my agents) all the time and this is something new for them, too," Guice said. "It's hitting us all by surprise and out of nowhere, and we just do not know where everything came from. It just happened."
It was a tumultuous offseason for Guice, who switched agents and told SiriusXM Satellite Radio that The team asked him if he was homosexual and another asked him if his mother "sells herself". The NFL conducted an investigation and found no evidence that any team asked inappropriate questions of Guice.
This is the highest selection the Redskins have used in a runner since Ledell Betts in 2002. They recovered the third-round selection exchanged for Kansas City by Smith when they acquired selections 59 and 74 from San Francisco.
"We felt that the exchange was necessary," said Gruden. "We thought we could add a third round selection, which was very critical for us."
Gruden hopes to keep Christian in the tackle position, which opens the possibility for Ty Nsekhe to pass to the left guard, where Washington has an opening. 19659002] –
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