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An impressive offensive option out of the backfield for North Carolina, Bernard led the ACC over the past two seasons with 2,481 rushing yards and 5.9 per carry. He also proved to be effective in the passing game, posting 92 catches for 852 yards and six touchdowns to go with his 25 rushing and two punt return TDs. Scouts are enamored with his production but feel his size may be an issue at the next level. He may be seen as a third-down or change-of-pace back since he has strong cutting ability and a knack for making opponents miss. Still, he lacks power and his blocking ability is a major question mark. That limits his availability on the field and leaves scouts wondering if he'll ever be capable of carrying the load in the NFL. There are also issues with his health since he missed his freshman year with a torn ACL, which is why he's leaving college with two years of eligibility remaining. Despite those concerns, Bernard got plenty of attention at the combine, ranking among the best in the shuttle drills - clocking in at 4.12 seconds in the 20-yard version and 11.41 in the 60-yarder. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds while leaping 33.5 inches in the vertical jump and 122 in the broad jump. His three-cone drill was also among the best at 6.91 seconds. That should be enough for a team to select him in the early part of Day 2.