Looks like Manti Te’o isn’t the only second round pick that is expected to contribute heavily. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted running back Giovani Bernard in the second round this year and while second on the depth chart behind BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the team’s coaches say Bernard might be used as more than just a change-of-pace back.
Through the team’s official website, special assistant to the head coach (Dwight Schrute is that you?) and running backs coach Hue Jackson says Bernard could be an every down back, if called upon.
Having evaluated him and watched every game [Giovani Bernard] played this year and had a chance to work him out, and having spent a lot of time with him,” Jackson said of Bernard, “he has that skill set where I think he could play and be an every down player.
While there has been a trend in the NFL towards high-powered passing offense, the teams that make the playoffs and go deep still have a good running game. Last year the top three passing quarterbacks(Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, and Tony Romo) all missed the playoffs while the top three rushers’ (Adrian Peterson, Alfred Morris, and Marshawn Lynch) teams all made the playoffs.