Oct 1, 2011; Greenville, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovanni Bernard (26) is tackled by East Carolina Pirates defender Daniel Drake (59) at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Giovanni Bernard Profile

It has been a very good run for Gio Bernard at the University of North Carolina. After two years of success, Tar Heel fans will have to say farewell to one of the best running backs in the history of the school’s football program. While we will miss him, it’s worth noting he deserves this chance to succeed at the next level.

Bernard is full of good things, but has some flaws. He has had some injury issues that could give concerns to teams looking for a solid running back.

He knows how to run with the football. He rarely fumbles the ball and always keeps both hands tugged tightly on the pigskin. When he is going down, he always finds a way to get an extra yard or two out of the play before coming down.

His size and speed are very great traits and help him get good yardage on plays and sneak past the defensive line and into the secondary.

His official combine profile compares him to the likes of DeAngelo Williams. But where would Bernard make a good fit in the NFL?

I truly think the best team for Bernard is the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals only have one truly reliable running back at the moment: Benjarvus Green-Ellis. And my opinion is that even he isn’t that reliable nor a true first string talent.

Bernard won’t be a first string player at first, but after a season if he can get a sense of how the NFL is paced and works out, he could find himself starting. He could be the face of the Bengals running game if given a fair chance too.

Where do you think Gio will begin his NFL Career?

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