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Marvin Lewis: Bengals Will Draft Running Back

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Marvin Lewis said during the AFC coaches breakfast that the Bengals will use a draft pick on a running back this year.


Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said during the AFC coaches breakfast on Tuesday that the Bengals will use one of their picks on a running back at some point during the 2013 NFL draft.

The Bengals signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis heading into the 2012 season and expected him to split carries with Bernard Scott. However, Scott was lost for the season in Week 2 when he tore his ACL. While Green-Ellis excelled as a short-yardage and red-zone back, he lacked the explosiveness of a home run threat.

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has expressed his desire to use a high draft pick on a back to not only complement Green-Ellis in 2013 but on somebody who can carry the load if necessary. Green-Ellis is signed through the 2014 season and had his best year rushing this past season, carrying the ball 278 times for 1,094 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 3.9 yards per carry.

Some of the top running backs in this year's draft class include Alabama's Eddie Lacy, Wisconsin's Montee Ball, North Carolina's Giovani Bernard, South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and UCLA's Jonathan Franklin.