A lot of mock drafts out there have the Bengals taking a running back with one of our first three picks, and for good reason. When the mock drafts started rolling out it was a lot a Montee Ball, the back from Wisconsin, and although he is a very talented player, this was a huge mistake for the Bengals. Eventually you would start seeing a few Joseph Randles, Andre Ellingtons, and a Johnathan Franklin here and there.
Now I'm not here to say any of these players are bad players, quite the opposite, but as of late, the two main backs that has been connected to Cincy are Gio Bernard and Eddie Lacy. It's these two backs that I think would fit best with Cincinnati. Each one brings their own unique abilities, and they are complete opposite style of runners also.
Eddie Lacy is a bigger, stronger back who lacks the open field speed that Gio possess. But he more than makes up for that with a skill set the is almost tailor made for a division like the AFCN. While Gio Bernard is a faster back that once he hits a open hole, more often than not he's gone. So which one is the better fit then? To answer that you have to answer a different question first, what role are we looking for them to play? Are we looking for an eventual replacement to BJGE in almost the same mold with just more upside? Or are we looking for a complimentary piece to pair with BJGE and threaten defenses with speed to burn?
I say we just take both and call it a day, but since that assuredly won't happen what does the community think? I personally say we take Giovani Bernard. After all the film I myself have watched, and no, not the highlight shenanigans on youtube, I think Gio would be the better fit for us long term. He has better pass pro skills, although they still need work, and like I said earlier, he has speed to burn compared to Eddie Lacy. Also for a smaller back, he's pretty good at pushing the pile and consistently picking yards after contact.
Don't get me wrong, I won't complain with Eddie Lacy either, I'd love to see him use that patented spin move on the other AFCN teams game in and game out. But he may also cost a first round pick to acquire. Sound off and let me know!