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Giovani is the number one ranked running back and could end up in Stripes on Draft day.
As of now, Giovani Bernard is listed as the number one back in the 2013 NFL Draft class. With a deadly blend of speed, agility and acceleration, Bernard led the ACC in rushing and earned All-America honors in 2012.
Bernard has decided to enter the draft despite having one year of eligibility left; probably a good decision considering he's already missed a season due to an ACL injury. After amassing 1,324 yards as a redshirt freshman, Bernard backed up his performance by averaging 123 rushing yards per game in 2012.
Bernard's ability to find holes between the tackles, run away from corners and juke safeties shouldn't overshadow his ability to receive out of the backfield. In 2012, Bernard caught 47 passes for 490 yards and five TDs as well.
My only question for Bernard is, can he run block? He didn't compete in the Senior Bowl because he was only a junior at Chapel Hill (despite the fact that Justin Pugh and D.J. Fluker found a way around it), so we'll have to wait until his workouts or the combine to see.
Gio's all around ability to make plays with the ball have earned him the top running back spot in this year's draft. He is projected to go in the first or second round, depending on team needs. With the 21st pick, the Bengals could reasonably take Bernard with this pick.
Running back is certainly an area of concern in Cincinnati, and Bernard is the kind of player that can add variety to the position.