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Giovani Bernard looks to beat out BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Probably my favorite all-around running back in the 2013 NFL draft, Giovani Bernard finds himself in a perfect situation with Cincinnati.
He will compete with incumbent BenJarvus Green-Ellis for the starting gig in training camp. Without getting into too much detail as to why I am not a huge fan of Green-Ellis, let's take a little bit of a look at what he doesn't bring to the table.
Green-Ellis averaged less than four yards per rush last season. Dating back to mid-November 2011, he is averaging a pedestrian 3.7 yards per attempt (via Pro Football Reference).
That's not exactly what you'd call getting it done.
Bernard, on the other hand, was dominant in two seasons at North Carolina. He put up in excess of 3,000 total yards and 33 touchdowns, two of which were punt returns, during that span.
When drawing a conclusion about whether a prospect can act as a three-down running back in the NFL, it is important to look at all facets of the game.
In addition to dominating ACC defenses on the ground, Bernard caught 92 balls over two seasons at Chapel Hill. This indicates that he'll help quarterback Andy Dalton a great deal through the air. Bernard also comes in as one of the better pass-protecting running backs in the draft.
I can easily envision a scenario where Bernard beats out Green-Ellis in training camp and sees an average of 20 touches per game. If that happens, we could be looking at Doug Martin-like production here.