INDIANAPOLIS — Derrius Guice likes to talk about how one man isn’t going to bring him down.
And you can check the tape. Pretty much, yeah, one man doesn’t bring Guice down.
Guice did an incredible job succeeding Leonard Fournette as LSU’s top running back. And now he’s one of the top running backs in this year’s draft class. And he wants you to know who he think he plays like.
“Beastmode,” Guice said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. “Skittle Man.”
Guice is referring of course to Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks. What does Guice see when he watches Lynch?
“I see anger, man,” Guice said. “I see somebody who refuses to go down. When I run, I really think about him every time. And when I go back and watch him, I’m like, ‘Man, I really run like this dude, man. It’s crazy.’ Growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush. And as I got older and started really studying running backs, I was like, ‘Man, Beastmode reminds me a lot of myself.’ So that’s who I like to watch a lot nowadays.”
Guice ran for 1,387 yards as a junior and 1,251 yards as a senior and his violent style of running makes him a candidate to succeed Jay Ajayi for the Miami Dolphins. A possible complement to speedy Kenyan Drake? Why not.
“If you don’t draft me, I’m going to give your defense hell,” Guice boasted Thursday.
This is exactly the type of thing you can bet Dolphins coach Adam Gase would enjoy hearing.
The Dolphins may not bring free agent Damien Williams back. And so Miami will need to add at least one running back through free agency or the draft. It’s possible the Dolphins could move a bit back in the first round or up in the second round and secure Guice, probably the most dangerous running back outside of Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.
“While Guice has some elusiveness and long speed, much of his success comes from his furious running style and ability to create yardage after contact,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlien wrote. “Well-built, combining powerful lower body with good overall size. Winning combination of speed, power and balance… Shows ability to impose his will in the fourth quarter.”
Sound familiar? We can easily recall how effective Ajayi was in fourth quarters as a Dolphin.
Guice, 5-foot-10, 224 pounds, says he plans to show he possesses capable speed and pass-catching ability in drills this week.
But any team that drafts Guice will likely do so because of his physical, determined, relentless style of play. Why does Guice think some backs go down easier than he does?
“I mean, a lot of guys say it’s to protect themselves,” Guice said. “It’s one of those things, that’s just (not) how I run. I don’t like going down on first contact. A lot of guys go down to protect themselves. That’s just my football style. I’ve been playing like that since I was 7.”