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2013 NFL Draft Order: Attractive Options for Teams in Need of Running Backs

Giovani Bernard is one of the best all-around backs in the draft class.
Giovani Bernard is one of the best all-around backs in the draft class.Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 15, 2013

As we grow closer to the April NFL draft and more teams get eliminated from the playoffs, teams are preparing their draft boards for who could potentially change the face of their organization. 

For many teams in the NFL they'll be on the lookout for a running back who can help their offense or provide a spark off the bench behind one of their talented backs.

Here are a few of the running backs in this year's class who have a lot to offer potential NFL suitors:

Giovani Bernard

Bernard is one of the few running backs in this year's draft that has the "It" factor. Bernard can run and catch out of the backfield. He can make people miss and could be a huge acquisition for any NFL team. 

Bernard isn't a huge power back, standing at 5'10'' and weighing just under 210 pounds, but makes good use of his 4.5 40-yard dash getting through the offensive line. 

The former Tar Heel missed two games last season and still managed to put up over 1,200 yards on the ground with 19 touchdowns. 

Giovani could very well be one of the only running backs to go in the first round. 

Bernard would be a great back for a team that has a few pieces, but not a dominant back. He isn't going to be the MVP right off the bat, but he could be a huge part of any NFL franchise. Bernard would be a perfect landing spot for a team like Green Bay who has a few ok backs, but no feature back. 

Montee Ball

Montee Ball was a monster at Wisconsin. He ran for over 5,100 yards in his career and scored 77 touchdowns, 22 of which came in his last season. 

Ball is a ferocious back on the football field, who's totally willing to either lay a defender out or make him miss. A good bonus with Ball is his ability to block in the backfield

It doesn't hurt that he's the all-time NCAA Division-I leader in touchdowns. 

Ball, like Bernard, would be a good back to pair with a strong veteran, or other young star. Ball helping out LeSean McCoy in Philly or Ray Rice in Baltimore could be a dangerous combination. 

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy has decided to come to the NFL early and is coming off of another BCS Championship. Lacy is a very talented back. 

The Crimson Tide's back made his short college career busting heads of defenders and bowling over opponents all over the country. 

Lacy looks the most like an NFL back out of these three and may lack some of the technique and finesse of Bernard and Ball, but can make up for it with his raw talent and intensity.

Saban's latest workhorse isn't ready for starting in the NFL but would be best served going to a team with an established running game who he can learn from as he gets caught up to NFL speed.  

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