It's still surprising that Guice fell to the 59th pick despite the fact that most experts had him as the second-best running back in the class behind only the above-mentioned Barkley.
According to NFL Network analysts, Guice missed several workouts with teams in the lead-up to the draft and is being investigated by the league for undisclosed transgressions.
"I've been talking to (my agents) the whole time either and this is all news to them as well", Guice said.
Aside from injuries, Guice has the talent to be a workhorse right off the bat in Washington. "So we'll wait and see and talk to Derrius, but he's assured us there was no altercation there at all".
"We felt the trade was needed", Gruden said. "He's a good kid", Quinn said.
The Redskins hadn't taken a running back this early in the draft since their selection of Ladell Betts in the second round in 2002. His 3,074 career rushing yards rank fifth in school history, and his 6.53 yards-per-carry average ranks second all-time in SEC history behind Auburn's Bo Jackson (6.62).
Guice does have durability concerns, which could have contributed to him not being drafted higher.
Guice ran for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 and then had 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground in 2017. The Redskins snared a versatile and physical running back who was on their radar all along.