Giants take BC's Williams with 4th-round pick

    2014-05-10 14:42

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants selected Boston College running back Andre Williams and San Diego State safety Nat Berhe in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively, in final day of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Williams led the nation in rushing, carrying the ball 355 times for a school-record 2,177 yards - 6.1 yards per carry - and 18 touchdowns. He won the Doak Walker award, given to the nation's top running back, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Berhe had 94 tackles last season for the Aztecs. He was the first San Diego State defensive back since 1999 to earn All-Mountain West honors three consecutive years.

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The 6-0, 227-pound Williams rushed for 267 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Army last October. He had three consecutive memorable games in November, tallying 295 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns in a win over New Mexico State, 339 yards on 42 carries and two touchdowns in a victory against North Carolina State and 263 yards on 32 carries and two TDs in a win over Maryland.

A native of Pennsylvania, Williams played all four years at Boston College. However, the durable Williams caught only 10 passes during his career and failed to register a single reception in 13 games in 2013.

But Scouts were impressed with his size and strength, plus decent speed and an extra gear when breaking into the open.

Williams rushed for 3,574 career yards, the most in school history, and 11th-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Berhe had 60 solo stops and two fumble recoveries. While he didn't have an interception as a senior, he total five interceptions in the previous three years.

Berhe is a solid pursuit player who can play both the free safety and strong safety slots. He'll get a chance to compete for playing time because starting free safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

However, there were questions about Berhe's size and whether he could handle the rigors of a full-time safety because of his frame.