RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina

Bengals, 2nd round. N. Car.: Junior who has declared for 2013 NFL Draft. Below-average size. Average hand size.

Positives: Good balance and burst. Adequate speed. Nice vision and can bounce runs outside when he has to. Keeps shoulders squared to make moves at any time. Above-average change-of-direction ability and lateral quickness. Smooth runner. Nice balance after contact. Very patient. Keeps legs churning after contact. Good power for his size. Patient as a punt returner and makes smart return decisions. Average upper-body strength.

Negatives: Poor ball security technique and sometimes fumbles without being hit. Below-average hands, but improving. Tore knee ligaments in 2010.

Projection: I suspect he’ll find a role right away on the Bengals as a 3rd-down back and punt returner, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis being the bellcow once again. And, as much as I love Bernard Scott, I think Giovani is slightly better than him in most areas. Draft as an immediate RB4 with RB2 potential.

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