Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard makes a catch during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: Giovani Bernard First RB Taken in 2nd Round by Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected former North Carolina Tar Heel running back Giovani Bernard with the 37th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  Bernard was the first RB taken in the draft, chosen over  Alabama running back Eddie Lacy whom most draft nicks had touted as the #1 RB in the draft class.

 

Personally I think Cincy made the right selection in an obvious effort to surround Andy Dalton with more talent on the offensive side of the ball.  Earlier in the draft the Bengals took tight end Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame.  Gio has proven to be a very capable runner both inside and outside the tackle box, he’s amazing in space, has good hands out of the backfield, is a capable blocker and an excellent punt returner.

RB is a position that has taken a huge hit in recent years in terms of draft value.  The league has evolved into an era where most teams utilize multiple ball carriers instead of one work horse.  Combine that with the fact that backs take the most punishment of any position which often times makes them ineffective and out of the league faster than other positions all factors that have led to the position being devalued.

Bernard replaces Cedric Benson who had a nice season with the Bengals last year and could also compete to be the teams punt returner.

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