Doug Williams has no concerns about Derrius Guice

AP

Plenty of teams apparently had plenty of concerns about running back Derrius Guice, given that he slid from first-round prospect to 59th overall pick. Washington senior V.P. of player personnel Doug Williams had no concerns about Guice.

“To be honest with you, he grew up in the area that I grew up,” Williams recently said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I know more about him than a lot of folks have known about him. And when you think about this kid from where he comes from and to be in the position that he’s in, you’ve got to applaud the kid, and you know sometimes people will misunderstand a kid that comes out of where he comes out of. There’s an area down in Baton Rouge they call ‘The Bottom.’ Very few young men come out of ‘The Bottom.'”

As far as Williams is concerned, there’s no reason to be concerned about Guice.

“For this kid, who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, hasn’t been arrested, no failed drug tests,” Williams said. “He’s a happy-go-lucky kid.”

Moving to the next level of football requires a great degree of gravity. Williams thinks Guice will be fine with that.

“His world has just changed,” Williams said. “It’s all about business. And I don’t think he’s going to have a problem with that.”

The concerns nevertheless persist. Some league insiders wonder whether the whisper campaign regarding Guice was orchestrated, and that there never really were any true red flags. If that’s the case, Washington got a major steal — especially since they slid from No. 12 to No. 27 in round two before taking him.

“We were sweating bullets,” Williams said. “No way in the world we was going to pass him up the second time.”

In time, we’ll find out whether others regret passing him up at all.

24 responses to “Doug Williams has no concerns about Derrius Guice

  1. I swear, if the “issues” with Guice were just overhyped and Guice keeps his nose clean then the Redskins might’ve gotten the steal of the draft with him.

  2. Can’t help but wonder where if whisper campaign originated with the team that scored the potential “steal.” They do have the least respected GM according to a recent poll.

  3. Just like the Niners had no concerns about Aldon Smith or Reuben Foster and the Patriots had no concerns over Aaron Hernandez and the list goes on and on.

  4. There’s an area down in Baton Rouge they call ‘The Bottom.’ Very few young men come out of ‘The Bottom.’”
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    I think we see why very few come out of The Bottom.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    Haters gon’ hate
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    Huh?

  6. Gettleman in N.Y. and Allen/Williams in D.C. making Jerry look like the 2nd best GM in the NFC East.

  7. Guice is a true survivor who overcame insurmountable odds to make it to the NFL. If you don’t get what Doug Williams is saying, you might have issues. This kid is going to be a stud and unlike others who he was compared to in the comments section, Guice has never once been in legal trouble.

  8. I was watching Doug Williams’ pre-draft presser the other day and he literally forgot what he was talking about midway through answering a reporter’s question. This definitely concerns me as a fan.

  9. Why conduct a fake whisper campaign and then pass on the guy in the draft? Multiple teams had concerns and running back needy teams were passing left and right. The concerns were real.

    He doesn’t drink, do drugs, or get arrested. Well that’s great, except that isn’t the issue with this guy. He can’t even show commitment to the most important process of his career. When teams called him out on it, he lied about it and made up a story to throw the teams under the bus. You want a recipe for a locker room cancer. Here it is. He will be traded for a 5th round pick within two years.

  10. Love seeing Doug Williams front and center. He’s an old-school football mind who has an uncanny ability to predict how players will perform. He’s a smart, good ole’ southern guy who loves football, loves to win, and if you can’t look past his accent and dialect, then it’s your loss. Players get Doug, and he gets players.

  11. Kid is probably going to end up being the steal of the draft. His running style might be a problem. He seems to like contact and contact in the pros is way harder than in college. Anyway, good luck to the kid. Hope he doesn’t blow his chances with an attitude problem.

  12. Had trouble negotiating meetings and the schedule at the combine, got into a verbal altercation with a potential employer, lies about making up a story about questions regarding if he likes girls…….stop selling us a choir boy here Florio. You’ll see in a few months.

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