By redskins writer
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Derrius Guice walked onto his new home field taking cellphone video of his surroundings and waving to fans.
It’s the kind of moment he could have had on stage at the NFL Draft had he gone in the first round as projected. Instead, the LSU running back slipped to late in the second round amid some off-field character concerns and will now give the Washington Redskins a very motivated rusher.
“I already ran angry and now I’m going to run angrier than ever,” Guice said Saturday. “It’s going to be tough for a lot of teams to bring me down.”
In getting a run-stuffing defensive tackle in Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne at 13th, a powerful running back in Guice at 59th and Louisville offensive tackle Geron Christian at 74th, the Redskins hope to solve problems in the ground game on each side of the ball. They were worst in the NFL in stopping the run and fifth-worst in rushing.
“I stop the run for a living, so I think that’s going to be something easy,” Payne said.
The Redskins addressed most of their needs in one way or another at the draft, trading down to recoup the third-round pick they traded for quarterback Alex Smith, adding Guice to their backfield and stocking up on defensive...