Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/8/13
RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, Sophomore5'8", 202 lbs.40: 4.53 (8th of RBs)Bench: 19 reps (16th of RBs)Broad Jump: 10'2" (6th of RBs)3-Cone: 6.91 (9th of RBs)Shuttle: 4.12 (3rd of RBs)After suffering an ACL tear in his true freshman season, Bernard returned with back-to-back seasons as the Tar Heels' starter and returning punts. In those two years, 'Gio' combined for over 3,500 all-purpose yards and 33 total touchdowns.Last year, he wasn't held under 100 yards once. His highlight game was against Virginia Tech in 2012; he ran for 262 yards on 23 carries. In terms of hardware, Gio won ACC Player of the Year last year while also being a two-time First Team All-ACC member. UNC was also co-champion in the ACC Coastal but didn't get a bowl due to a ban.Franchise running backs need to do everything, Bernard has proven he can. Last season he showed consistency throughout while also taking a larger load in the offense. His small frame and lower body strength make him trouble in the open field. Gio averaged over 10 yards per reception; when he catches a swing pass in the flat, he's trouble. Critics can comment on both Bernard's injury history and team success as negatives. A torn ACL in the past is always a red flag. Missing two games in 2012 for something 'undisclosed' isn't a good sign either.At least nine NFL teams are missing a proper starting running back. With the value of the RB dropping in recent years, I can see him falling to the third-round before getting picked. His best fit would be behind a proven starter in the role of 3rd-down back and returner. Kansas City would be ideal; I can see Gio fitting perfectly in Andy Reid's system of screens and stretches.Giovani Bernard's perfect NFL match is Brian Westbrook. Both are smaller backs who played an all-around game. They also both had knee injury concerns when coming out. I could see Gio being the all-purpose back that Brian Westbrook was early in his career in Philly.
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