Well, that's it: The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books for the New York Giants. There was a common theme with each of the Giants' draft picks: they're all productive leaders who have received high praise for their character.
Undrafted free agency has yet to begin, though. Regardless, the Giants' last four picks have given us plenty to go over, so let's get to it.
Pick 113: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams is another very high-character football player.
Williams is the same kind of back the Giants lost in Andre Brown: big, explosively powerful and more agile than he gets credit for. At 5'11, 230 pounds and with the kind of legs that give him a vertical leap of 38 inches and a broad jump of 10'9, he simply cannot be arm tackled. Williams also has good enough balance to bounce off shoulder blocks. Williams will power through anything but a good form tackle.
He's also one of the toughest runners in this draft. Williams was BC's offense in 2013, and he produced against pretty much every defense he faced. He finished his senior season with 2,177 yards, which ranks fifth on the NCAA all-time list for single-season rushers.
Like the rest of the Giants' draft picks, Williams is a very high-character player and team leader. Williams was a captain, Heisman Trophy finalist, Doak Campbell Award winner, teaching assistant, poet and aspiring author.
Pick 152: Nat Berhe, Safety, San Diego State
Full disclosure here: This is a guy neither Invictus nor I scouted.
Unsurprisingly at this point, Berhe was a team captain at San Diego State with a reputation as a hard worker and aggressive player who lives football.
He isn't a spectacular athlete, or a rangy center fielder. Instead, Burhe reportedly has terrific instincts (which can make up for lacking athleticism, as it did for Chase Blackburn) and played the hybrid S/LB "Aztec" position. This pick could say something about the future of either Will Hill or Antrel Rolle, but Berhe isn't the same type of safety as either of those guys.
Pick 174 (compensatory): Devon Kennard, OLB, USC
Yet again, the Giants took a high-character team captain in Devon Kennard.
Kennard has received praise for his character, work ethic and professional approach. He was honored for having his team's top GPA and being USC's most inspirational athlete. Kennard also has excellent bloodlines, his father being an 11-year veteran on the offensive line and Super Bowl champion.
On the field, he is primarily a pass-rushing outside linebacker with good quickness and hand usage, as well as being effective dropping into coverage. Kennard brings versatility, playing inside and out, as well as with his hand in the dirt and on special teams.
Kennard has been injury-prone, but he started the entire 2013 season, recording 60 tackles (13.5 for loss), nine sacks, and four pass break-ups. The selection of Kennard could signal a shift in the Giants' defensive philosophy to something closer to what Denver and Seattle are running.
Pick 187: Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Look at that ... another captain.
A converted wide receiver, Jackson has good size for a defensive back at 6'0,195 pounds. He also brings impressive athleticism with a 38-inch vertical jump, 10'8 broad jump, 4.00-second short shuttle and 6.75-second 3-cone drill.
It will likely take some time for Jackson to learn how to play defensive back at the NFL level, whether that is at cornerback or free safety (I favor the latter). In the meantime, he could make the team as a special teamer, but he has the upside to be worth taking the time to develop.