It’s all part of the NFL draft process, but according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, both GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia met with LSU RB Derrius Guice.
Quinn & Patricia met last night with RB Derrius Guice among others for a film session. Guice is a potential first-round pick at No. 20 to the Lions.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) April 4, 2018
It’s no secret the Lions running game has been in a major rut in recent years. The addition of RB LeGarrette Blount should help immediately, but the 31 year old is not a long-term answer. Guice is likely to be a first-round selection and is widely regarded as the second best back in the draft class behind Saquon Barkley.
LSU’s Pro Day is going to take place today, and the Lions brass is expected to be present in full force.
Guice is the only player in SEC history to have three games with at least 250-yards rushing. The 224-pound Junior has rushed for a career total of 3,074 yards and a 7.1 yards per carry average. Very impressive considering he was the second fiddle until last year behind 2017 4th overall selection, Leonard Fournette.
So far, the Lions have not been linked to many of the top rated backs. They have met with Rashaad Penny at the Senior Bowl and a couple other lower round ball carriers. That’s not to say the Lions haven’t interviewed other RBs and it has just not been reported to the public. There is also still plenty of time before the draft to change that.
Given the depth of this running back class, selecting a first-round back may not be the best value, but if they do, Guice is the likely candidate.