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Meet the Prospect: Derrius Guice

Name: Derrius Guice

Position: Running back

School: LSU

Ht/Wt: 5-10, 224

40 dash: 4.49

Bench: 15 reps

Vertical: 31.5 inches

Broad: (did not jump)

3-cone: (did not run)

20-yard shuttle: (did not run)

How he fits: Even after the signing of veteran running back LeGarrette Blount in free agency, the Lions could still be in the market to add to the position via the draft. Blount told reporters Monday via conference call that he has a lot of years and a lot of miles left on his body, but he is 31 years old. The team could certainly be on the lookout for a big, strong runner with speed, who is 10 years Blount's junior to pair with him.

View photos of NFL prospect Derrius Guice.

Guice rushed for 1,387 yards with 15 touchdowns as a sophomore, averaging 7.6 yards per carry in the process. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry as a junior on his way to 1,251 yards and another 11 touchdowns this past season. He also dealt with some nagging injuries this past season, but still managed to start 11 of 12 games.

He's a bigger back at 224 pounds, who knows how to finish a run. And with 4.49 speed, he can run away from defenders too. Guice models his game after Marshawn Lynch.

Key observations: Guice doesn't have the wear and tear on him that some other backs might have. He played in 36 games with just 17 starts during his three years at LSU. He certainly made the most of his 471 carries.

He finished with 3,074 rushing yards, the fifth-highest total in school history, and set three school records. He ranked among the Top 10 in LSU history in 28 categories.

Maybe most impressive of all is his 6.53 career average per carry that ranks No. 2 in SEC history behind only Bo Jackson (6.62 on 650 carries).

What they had to say about him: "Overall, Guice has the natural competitive nature and athletic profile that no one in the NFL wants to see in their division. He needs to find a productive balance between his warrior temperament and self-preservation to stay on the field, but his skill-set projects as a NFL starter with Pro Bowl potential." -- Dane Brugler

How he stacks up: Guice is generally regarded as the second best running back available behind Penn State's Saquon Barkley in a very talented and deep running back class.

He's rated the No. 2 running back prospect in the draft by NFL Draft Scout, NFL Network's Mike Mayock and both ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay.

Guice comes in at No. 12 on's list of the overall prospect rankings. He's No. 17 on analyst Daniel Jeremiah's list, and the No. 28 overall prospect by Scout's Inc.

What he had to say: "If you don't draft me, I'm going to give your defense hell."

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