With UNC already under sanctions and more coming down the pipe, combined with the fact that he's as NFL ready now as he's going to be 2 years from now anyway if he stays.... I see no upside for Bernard to remain in college. They're not going to play for anything and he'd essentially just be risking injury and racking up mileage.
If we do lose Reggie to free agency do we really need to use a pick on a back in the draft? I don't. Lamar can fill Reggie's role & Daniel Thomas (who I'm not a huge fan of) will return. A third RB doesn't get many carries & a cheap vet or undrafted RB or even Jonas Gray could fill that position.
I'm not opposed to double on a position or 2 but one thing we could do is to double up with free agency and the draft. If we can get a top WR in free agency then there's no need to take 2 more WR's in the draft. You could draft one and you've got your double right there. As far as DE,for sure they need to draft one in the first 2 rounds but I'd not draft 2 in the first 2 rounds with all the needs we have. If there's a position I could see us doubling early in the draft is Corner. We pretty much have one corner(Smith)and he's not a top corner either. He's ok but doesn't make enough plays to be considered a top Corner. If we get a top WR in free agency then I could see us doing something like this,
1-Corner or DE
2-Corner or DE(Whichever we didn't get with the first we get with the second)
3-TE or Oline(depending on if Long walks and even if he stays we still need a guard)
3-This could be Safety, Corner or O-line depending on free agency and what we do with our first 4 picks.
My ideal if we do get the WR in free agency would be to get with our 5 picks in rounds 1 to 3 a DE,Corner,WR,Safety and oline.
Like the idea!
Doubling up on our top needs (CB, DE, WR) with top 5 picks:
-including WR FA pickup (Jennings? Wallace?):
1 CB J Banks
2 DE Jordan
2 CB Trufant
3 DE Carradine
3 WR Bailey†
WR: mike Wallace and stedman Bailey
DE: dion Jordan and tank Carradine
CB: Banks and Trufant
Round 4: ILB Shayne†skov if he's still there? Is he the type of player that could transition to the 4-3?†
Rounds 5-7: bpa