LSU racing back Derrius Guice, who slid to the Washington Redskins on Friday night as the 59th pick in the draft, denied the idea that NFL teams had concerns over his off-field behavior.
The 5 foot-11, 224-pound reverse denied reports of a dispute in a dispute during his preliminary visit to the Philadelphia Eagles, saying that he does not know about an NFL network report that there is another story coming could be "embarrassing" for him and the Redskins organization
Guice, who was projected by ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. to go as high as the 26th selection, expressed confusion over why his name did not come from the blackboard earlier.
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"It surprised me because many things came from nowhere and were not true," Guice said in a conference call. "I just did not understand why I figured it's because I'm great at everyone, I have a great personality and I just did not understand why everything was so hard on me." [196592002InresponsetoarequestmadebytheEleglesintheTrainerDuceStaleytheGuicesaid"MytriptotheEagleswasgreatTherewasnodisputethatwassogreatthatImadeagrandioserelationship"
Earlier this week, an interview that Guice SiriusXM Radio gave in early March was back in the news. During the interview, the running back to SiriusXM said that an NFL team at the NFL scouting combine asked if he was gay and another asked if his mother sold herself.
On the eve of Thursday's first round, the NFL came to no conclusion that a team asked inappropriate questions.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Friday that the team did its homework on Guice.
"We looked at the reports and talked to Derrius Agent and got a pretty good sign. It's good to have Derrius in that position," Gruden said. This is a hard-nosed runner who plays hard, he can catch the football, he can fit, he has good visibility and a guy we liked very much in the first laps. "
Gruden Team officials met with Guice at the combine harvester and his pro day at LSU and hosted him in Washington
"We got to know Derrius pretty well, he's pretty much the character," Gruden said. "He has a great personality, loves football and will be a big competitor to this football team, we know that."
"We felt like he was a good fit. Love his talent. At the end of the day, it's all about the skills he has … "
The Detroit Lions, who needed a running back on Day 2 of the Draft, switched against Auburn's Kerry Johnson in the second round with Guice always standing Guice was the first choice for Detroit, and General Manager Bob Quinn did not elaborate on it except that some teams had some questions about Guice.
"We met Derrius. He is a good kid, "Quinn said. There were only a few things that we were a little worried about, who were not ready to get him in the second round.
Guess the second-best talent in the draft ran after Penn State's Saquon Barkley called Guice nerve-racking for the past two days.
"I'm just thankful that this whole process is over and I'm with an organization that believes in me and trusts me and I'm only willing to get to work, "said Guice Freitag.
The Redskins had not run back early in this draft since their selection of Ladell Betts in the second round in 2002 [19659002GuiceledattheLSUTheentireSoutheasternConferenceranwith1387yardsand15touchdownsdespiteonlysixstartsandhadthree250-yardcareergamesmostofeachplayerinSEChistory
Guice has problems with He was not pulled higher by the durability that could have contributed.
He hastened for the Tigers for 2,638 yards and 26 tou in the last two seasons .He was the seventh running back in this E ntwurf taken.
Information from ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and The Associated Press was included in this report.