Running Backs the Packers Should Target in the 2013 NFL Draft

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Running Backs the Packers Should Target in the 2013 NFL Draft
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North Carolina RB Gio Bernard would be a natural fit in the Packers' spread offense.

The offense wasn't the reason why the Green Bay Packers' season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs in San Francisco, but the running back position is among the team's biggest needs headed into the NFL draft.

To start the year, veteran Cedric Benson the was team's starting running back. But after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Week 5 at Houston, Benson's season came to an end, perhaps along with his future in Green Bay.

After Benson's injury, Alex Green and James Starks each saw time in the starting lineup. Neither player took full advantage of the opportunity, opening the door for DuJuan Harris to emerge late in the season.

Harris will be a part of the Packers' offense next season, but the team is likely to bring in a rookie to compete with him.

This year's draft doesn't have a Trent Richardson or an Adrian Peterson in the top 10, but it boasts a deep and diverse crop of running backs capable of helping an NFL offense immediately. The Packers will have the chance to add a power runner like Eddie Lacy or a speed guy like Johnathan Franklin. Either player could help the team in some capacity next season.

Let's take a look at five running backs the Packers should target in the NFL draft.

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