NFL Draft: Why I Like North Carolina's Giovani Bernard for the Cincinnati Bengals

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Nov, 26, 2011; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) runs near the sideline as Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

 

Giovani Bernard Jr.

Running back, North Carolina

5’10″

205 pounds

**Tore ACL in 2010**

 

If the Bengals are going to get a running back in this year’s NFL Draft, the back I am most intrigued with is North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard. He would add a great feature to the Bengals offense that they haven’t had in awhile. Bernard is an elusive back who hits small holes with quickness and has speed. Not only that, but he can also make people miss in open fields. Bernard scored in every game he played in last season, whether it’d be rushing, receiving, or returning. He could not only help out in the running game, but he is also a great receiver out of the backfield.

He does good routes and displays good hands, he would be a great fit for the west coast offense Jay Gruden likes to run. If he were to be behind the Lawfirm in the depth chart, Bernard could also step into the return game on special teams and help out with his explosiveness, whether he return kicks or punts. Bernard would not only fill a need, but he could also become the best running back out of this class. His biggest knock is his injury history, but since he won’t be the full work horse on the offense his rookie season, he could contribute extremely well and help this offense out tremendously.

 

College Statistics

Year

Class

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Plays

Yds

Avg

TD

2011

FR

239

1253

5.2

13

45

362

8.0

1

284

1615

5.7

14

2012

SO

184

1228

6.7

12

47

490

10.4

5

231

1718

7.4

17

Career

 

423

2481

5.9

25

92

852

9.3

6

515

3333

6.5

31

 

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