Giovani Bernard (RB), North Carolina
5-8 | 202 lbs.
184 CAR, 1,228 YDS, 12 TD | 47 REC, 490 YDS, 5 TD
Thick build with great lower body strength in the same mold of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Phenomenal cutting ability and elusiveness in the open field to dodge would be tacklers. Builds speed very quickly using short strides. Very powerful and hard to take down on first contact. Superb vision and reads his blocking well. Able to pick up extra yards after contact. A threat to score almost each time he touches the ball. Versatile in the passing game and had two return touchdowns in his final season at North Carolina.
Undersized at the running back position and isn't known as a speedster. Gets caught from behind too much. Needs to improve as a pass blocker. Has to be smarter in the return game, rarely ever electing to fair catch a ball. Durability is a concern for Bernard. Missed the entire 2010 season with a torn ACL and shoulder concerns in 2012 caused him to miss a couple games. Scouts have also questioned the former Tar Heel's maturity.
Fit for the Bears:
One area where the Bears aren't likely to upgrade is at running back. Chicago has Matt Forte and Michael Bush in the fold and Armando Allen has emerged as a solid third-down running back. Bernard will hear his name called no later then the end of Day 2 and the Bears have more pressing needs to address.