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Giovani Bernard entering NFL Draft

Giovani Bernard, Anthony Harris AP

Two productive years of college and one ACL injury was enough for University of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard.

Bernard announced Friday he was giving up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, and he could be the top if not one of the top backs on the board.

A two-time All-ACC pick as a running back, and once as a return man, Bernard’s a legitimate playmaker. He rushed for 122.8 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry last season, and was also the nation’s top punt returner at 16.4 yards per attempt, with two touchdowns.

He missed two games, but averaged 198.1 all-purpose yards per game and scored 19 touchdowns last season. As a freshman, he rushed for 1,253 yards. He tore his ACL and redshirted his first year at UNC, injuring himself on the third day of preseason practice.

He’s an explosive player at a short shelf-life position, so leaving early makes sense.

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3 Responses to “Giovani Bernard entering NFL Draft”
  1. showftyme says: Dec 14, 2012 10:07 AM

    He’s going to be an absolute STUD next season. He’ll be another version of Doug Martin, especially if he will be allowed to return punts. He’s a playmaker that needs to have the ball.

  2. gpatrick15 says: Dec 14, 2012 10:28 AM

    Hope the Steelers do their due diligence on running backs in the first few rounds.

  3. themagicman1223 says: Dec 14, 2012 10:42 AM

    Not a lions fan at all but they really should consider drafting this kid especially that Best’s future is unknown.

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