Giovani Bernard, RB, Bengals
|RB - #15||38.00||CIN||Active||3 years||23||5'9||206|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-09-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Giovani Bernard was the first running back drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft for good reason. He has all the tools teams want and need out of a running back. Still, he's in a somewhat crowded backfield after the Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill out of LSU. Bernard's talent may very well overpower all of that. This guy is quick, explosive, can catch, run, and make plays all over the field. He can make defenders miss and can be a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. The Bengals started Bernard off slow last season, but by the year's end he was clearly their best option. Early reports out of camp are Bernard is the top back and is seeing some split back looks paired with the aforementioned Hill. You can expect a thunder-and-lightning look from the Bengals with Bernard earning the majority of touches. Giovani Bernard is a RB1 in all formats and his youth and pass-catching ability only further raises his value in PPR and dynasty leagues.
Editor's note: One facet regarding Bernard, if I may rain on his parade, is his size. One big hit and Bernard's season could be over. He has some decent girth; however, the second-year back isn't exactly built to handle 20-plus carries week after week. It'll be interesting to see how the Bengals opt to both limit his exposure to injury while also maximizing his talent.
Latest References to Giovani Bernard on FFToolbox:
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|1.12||DraftTV.com - @ShanePHallam - Gio had 35% of the Bengals carries last year. That is sure to go up and if his catches remain consistent, he is certainly an RB1. Don't see Jeremy Hill taking much productivity away from Gio.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|2.03||Draft Sharks - Tough call here between Bernard and Murray. Went Gio because I trust him more to stay healthy and think he has bigger reception upside.|
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