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ORLANDO, FL – JANUARY 01: Derrius Guice No. 5 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after a touchdown run against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Notre Dame won 21-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The biggest topic of conversation revolving around the Washington Redskins in recent years has been quarterback Kirk Cousins, and whether or not the team would be making a commitment to him long-term. Well, that conversation ended this offseason, as the team traded for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who is fresh off leading the Chiefs to back-to-back AFC West titles.

When it came time for the 2018 NFL Draft, the Redskins knew they needed to give Smith another weapon on offense. That weapon came in the form of Derrius Guice, whom the team selected with the 59 overall selection in the second round.

One of the more electric running backs in college football over the last two seasons has been Guice, who spent his time steamrolling SEC defenses for the LSU Tigers. Filling in for the injured Leonard Fournette two years ago, Guice actually led the SEC in rushing yards, and followed that up with another stellar campaign this past season.

Guice played so well that he was rated as the No. 2 running back in the draft class behind Saquon Barkley from Penn State, though he did drop a lot on draft night. Still, he is going to be an explosive player at the next level, giving the Redskins another tremendous back to implore on opposing defenses in 2018.

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There is a lot to be excited about this Redskins offense in 2018, and Guice is a big reason for that. Smith is one of the better quarterbacks you will find in the NFL when it comes to the regular season, and with a defense that has been improved over the last few seasons, there is no reason why they cannot compete in the NFC East.