If I was the Bengals GM on Draft Day

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Nov 15, 2012; Charlottesville, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) runs past Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Bill Schautz (47) during the second half at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports


I was feeling good about pick number one and before you know it we were up again at pick number 37. Board is still loaded with talent and we need a big play threat at the running back position. Giovani Bernard is a stud out of UNC. The junior running back won the ACC offensive player of the year in 2012.

Bernard though injured some of the year, put up amazing stats, racking up 1228 yards 12 touchdowns on only a 184 carries through 10 games. Gio possesses uncanny vision, finding and creating holes for him to explode through, making him a threat to take it to the house any time he get his hands on the ball. Gio also has the skills of a receiver too. Defenses will be forced to account for him on every play because we can line him in the slot and split him out wide too.

Having to account for 2 explosive wideouts and a home run hitting back could prove difficult for many defenses to stop. Bernard, 5-10 205 lbs. is an every down back in the NFL, with his great pass blocking skills and hard nose running to convert third and short situations. Gio I strongly believe will be a perennial all-pro for several years in or backfield. So I send in the pick and take the game breaking Tarheel.


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