Giovani Bernard, 5-10 205lb., HB UNC
Bernard and Alabama running back Eddie Lacy are seen as the top two running backs in this years draft. Bernard was the work horse for a North Carolina team this year and played very well in conference play. In an outing against V-Tech he ran the ball 23 times for over 260 yards. He also scored a touchdown in every game he played this year (he sat out two with an undisclosed injury) and had a few game winning touchdowns during 2012. His projected 40 time is a 4.52, and is very quick and hard to tackle in open field. I think Bernard’s going to make a good 2 down back in the NFL and will be taken in either the first or second round. He might get dropped behind Eddie Lacy in the draft because of the difference in competition in the SEC and ACC.
Eddie Lacy, 6-0 220 lb., Runningback Alabama
His nickname at Alabama was circle button because of the disgusting spin moves he showed all season long. Lacy was seen as a power runner this year, but showed more than that in a great outing against Notre Dame in the National Championship. He rushed for over 1,300 yards this year and still loss a significant account of carries to freshman standout TJ Yeldon. Though being a power runner Lacy still has decent speed and can break big runs. Watching him this year he was hard to take down in the open field and ran all over a good Georgia defense. I think Lacy has a lot of comparisons to former Alabama runningback Trent Richardson, and will beat out Bernard as the top drafted running back this year.
Stepfan Taylor, RB 5-11 208, Stanford
Taylor was the a huge part of the offense this year for Stanford, and ran for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Senior lead the team with over 200 yards from scrimmage in an upset win over USC and had big game against other PAC-12 teams. He could be the sleeper in this years draft for runningback and proved with his blocking and receiving that he could be a third down back. I think his experience also makes him a good NFL prospect and a team with get a steal picking him in the 3rd or 4th round.
Thanks for reading guys and come back next week for Part DEUX of my running back previews. Take it easy folks.