Giving that the 2013 NFL Draft is two and half months away, it is time to start framing the types of players that would be the proper fit for NFL franchises.
After watching some film closely and carefully, the running back out of Oregon by the name of Kenjon Barner is an exceptional runner.
Barner displays the ability to blow past defenders with great straight-lined speed, quickness, and agility.
The 2013 Draft class has a select few runners that will “WOW” you with their talent. Those runners are Eddie Lacy, Montee Ball, Stepfan Taylor, Giovani Bernard, and Kenjon Barner. Out of that class, Kenjon Barner would be a proper asset for a team in need of a change of pace back with the ability to become a potential starter in the league down the road with experience.
The Cincinnati Bengals are need of a complementary back like Barner. Last season, BenJarvus Green-Ellis took the load of the Bengals' carries due to the lack of a consistent backfield to take pressure off the passing game.
Andy Dalton showed signs of frustration last season because of that factor. Sometimes Cincinnati’s offense looked one dimensional in critical situations of games, which caused games to be lost. The west coast offense cannot work if the running game isn’t as good as the passing in most cases.
Kenjon Barner had 1,767 yards, 278 carries and 21 scores in his senior campaign. Over his career, he totaled 41 touchdowns with 3,623 yards to go with that. Though, BJGE showed signs of explosiveness in the open field with career long runs down the stretch when Cincy won seven out of the last eight games of the season, Barner’s patience and speed can empower the Bengals to draft him.
Marvin Lewis needs to get over the hump of this 0-4 playoff skid. The only way this is going to be accomplished is by allowing Red Dalton and A.J. Green to take the offense by storm, and they will need a running game to do this.
Consistency and effectiveness will get the Bengals over the hump after posting back to back winning seasons. BJGE and Barner could possibly be the feature backfield in the NFL if this prediction goes as planned.
With a new running backs coach in Hue Jackson, who recently took the job from retired coach Jim Anderson, the Bengals could be in for another run at the playoffs if they play their cards right.