Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/37 - Giovani Bernard, RB, 5-9, 206, North Carolina...The first running back off the board and definitely the change-of-pace back that the Bengals are looking for. He's not an every-down back but he is a complementary back and has great speed on the edge. Also could factor into the return game as he returned punts at North Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bengals' picks: Round 2/37 - Giovani Bernard, RB, 5-9, 206, North Carolina...The first running back off the board and definitely the change-of-pace back that the Bengals are looking for. He's not an every-down back but he is a complementary back and has great speed on the edge. Also could factor into the return game as he returned punts at North Carolina. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - With the selection of running back Giovani Bernard in the second round, many are hoping that the Bengals have found the change-of-pace back they have been seeking for a long time. At 5-9, Bernard doesn't have the size to be an every-down back but he does have great quickness in the open field. Many leading up to the draft have compared Bernard to Darren Sproles because of what he can do as a runner, receiver out of the backfield and as a punt returner. That made him more valuable than Alabama's Eddie Lacy and makes him a better complementary back for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Bernard led the ACC and finished fourth nationally with a 198.1 all-purpose yards-per-game average. "He's a guy that rushed for over 1,200 yards, he caught 47 balls; the guy knows how to score touchdowns and he's a threat any time he touches it, whether he's running with the ball or catching it," running backs coach Hue Jackson said. "He has the ability to do some things differently than we've seen in the past, but at the end of the day he's just going to be another guy we stick out there that's going to have a chance to get our offense to where we need it to be." - The Sports Xchange
04/08/13 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Giovani Bernard, RB (5-foot-8 1/2, 204 pounds) - Bernard stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine with the exception of the bench press (19 lifts of 225 pounds at the pro day). In the positional workout, Bernard was very quick and caught the ball well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/13 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Running back Giovani Bernard may have been the biggest name of UNC's flashy skill-position athletes, but the only measured drill he performed Wednesday was in the bench press. He was quite impressive in this test, however, as the 5-8 1/2, 204-pounder lifted the bar 19 times. Bernard also showed superb quickness and burst during his positional drills. According to the source, the Bengals' Lewis seemed to be particularly interested in Bernard's workout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/12 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: Running back - Giovani Bernard, sophomore, North Carolina...Bernard led the league in rushing, scoring, all-purpose yards and punt return average. He rushed for 1,228 yards on 184 carries, finishing 11th in the nation with 122.8 yards per game. Despite missing two games, he scored a league-best 19 touchdowns (12 rushing, five receiving, two on punt returns) and averaged 11.4 points per game to rank fifth in the nation. Bernard finished fourth nationally with a single-season school record 198.1 all-purpose yards per game. - North Carolina football