By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer
Although Bernard is considered a borderline first round prospect to most, but obviously not me, the other two backs should be squarely on the Jets’ radar. They offer both talent and production and should be available at a reasonable price.
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4. Mike Gillislee FLORIDA 5’11 209
A breakout season put him among the top running back prospects and onto my Rising Fast section of the September Stock Update. He is quick to the hole with nice speed and much more power than you’d expect out him. Even versus the nation’s top defensives he proved to be a workhorse and effective inside runner. He has the make-up to excel at the next level.
5. Le’Veon Bell MICHIGAN ST 6’2 238
Another fast riser Bell offers a unique combination of power and athleticism. He lacks elite straight-line explosion and is taller than the ideal back, but has been productive and clearly exhibited vision and coordination that allows him to avoid defenders with spin moves or run straight through them.
6. Giovani Bernard UNC 5’10 205
Bernard has a low center of gravity with a strong lower half and incredible balance. He’s been productive throughout his brief career and is capable of blocking effectively and is a strong receiver out of the backfield. Most draftniks have Bernard as the best draft eligible RB, but I think most don’t take into account the fact the Tar Heels have three, maybe four, quality NFL lineman. I feel Gillislee is a similar style back with who is quicker and lighter on his feet and tested against tougher SEC competition. He has some durability corncerns as well.