Could Derrius Guice become like Beast Mode for the Bucs?

The Louisiana State running back says he patterns his game after Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch and could be available in the second round for Tampa Bay
LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) looks for room around Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts (23). (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
LSU running back Derrius Guice (5) looks for room around Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts (23). (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Published April 13, 2018|Updated April 13, 2018

Derrius Guice

Position: Running back

College: Louisiana State

Height/Weight: 5-10, 212-pounds.

Draft projection: Rounds 1-2

Why he would make sense for the Bucs: The Bucs need an upgrade at running back from Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers with the departure of Doug Martin as a free agent to Oakland. Guice offers a rare blend of speed and power. He's a prototypical size for an NFL running back. Guice was banged-up himself early in the 2017 season, but managed to start 11 of 12 games played, receiving second-team all-SEC notice after rushing for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns on 237 carries (18 receptions, 124 yards, two touchdowns receiving).

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Why he would not make sense for the Bucs: Guice has average burst to the second level and is not really a home-run hitter. He takes a lot of hits and injuries have been a problem in the past. Guice will need work in pass protection, something he didn't do much of at LSU. The Bucs may prefer more of an explosive running back with pass catching skills to compliment Barber.

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Three questions for Guice

How would you describe your strengths?
Oh, I'm very powerful on the field. One guy rarely tackles me. At LSU, we don't really pass much, so I can't really speak on my receiving. Just not how we operate our offense. But I'm pretty good at receiving as well, and I'll show your guys.

How much did your upbringing shape you are and why you run with so much passion?
I pretty much bring all of it with me as a player. I think about the struggles I encountered early in life, and how my mom struggled as a single parent raising me and my older brother. And I just want better for her and myself and I run with passion on the field, because I don't want my mom to struggle anymore.

Whose running style do you try to adopt?
I see anger, man. 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.