Oct 27, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) with the ball as North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Rickey Dowdy (34) and defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop (92) and safety Earl Wolff (27) defend in the fourth quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
2. Giovani Bernard. Yes, another easy choice here. However, we’ve all heard about how quick Bernard is and how electric he could be. If you watched him in North Carolina, you know he is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. He will also be seeing some time with the first and second team, so it will be interesting to see if he stays on his feet after making contact; something analysts have questioned about him. Bernard could also see some time as a kick or punt returner.
3. Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bengals 1st round pick in 2012 has not been on the field much because of injuries, so this now is definitely the time to watch him. By all accounts, Kirkpatrick has been having a stellar camp and looks to continue that trend against Atlanta. While we haven’t seen much of Kirkpatrick, tonight could be the beginning steps of him finally being a starter. He will most likely see plenty of playing time tonight. Kirkpatrick has a chance to prove that has been having a great camp against good competition.