2. Derrius Guice, LSU
5-10, 212: Built for the gig, he’s a compact runner with the sub-4.5 wheels to hit the home run from anywhere on the field.
While everyone is gushing over Saquon Barkley, and others might have their favorite sleeper back who could rise up and rock, Guice has been a bit underappreciated in the process.
Had he been healthy throughout last season, he’d have been an almost mortal-lock to go in the top ten with his combination of speed, power, production and toughness. When he was right at LSU, he was unstoppable.
A smart runner who’s able to take what’s there, he doesn’t need a big hole to get through and will wait his chance for it to open up.
No, he might not have the longest of shelf lives with his penchant for taking a few too many hits, but he was still productive when he wasn’t 100% last year. It wasn’t like his production at the end of the 2016 season, and that’s what you’re waiting to get with him midway through the first round.
He’s not the blocker that Sony Michel is, and he’s not the most dangerous of receivers, but as an NFL-caliber running back he’ll be among the league leaders right out of the box.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: Mid-First Round