UNC running back Giovani Bernard tore his ACL in 2010 in just the third practice of his college career. He rebounded in 2011 with 1,253 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. In 2012, Bernard displayed his versatility by rushing for 1,228 yards, catching 47 passes, and leading the ACC in punt return average.

Scouting Report

Bernard is a small, compact runner at 5-8, 202 pounds. Is he too small to handle the load in the NFL? Some might say that’s the case, but the days of true workhorse running backs are just about over. Bernard can easily handle 15 to 20 touches a game and he’ll give you value as a receiver and return man.

As a runner, Bernard is shifty and decisive. He doesn’t possess elite straight-line speed (4.53 in the 40-yard dash), but he’s extremely quick. Bernard’s 4.12 short-shuttle time ranked fourth among running backs at the Combine. He’s much faster laterally than moving forward.