New York Giants: 2014 NFL Round 5 Rapid Reaction

video The pick: Devon Kennard, outside linebacker, USC

My take: The guy is a bit of a tweener pass-rusher who played outside linebacker in a 3-4 in college, but guess what? Yeah, that's right. He was a team captain at USC. (Time to link back to this from last night).

Todd McShay gave Kennard a seventh-round grade, and our ESPN scouts rated him the No. 16 outside linebacker in the draft. But as we discussed earlier with the Giants' first fifth-rounder, Nat Berhe, what they're looking for here are hard-working smart guys who can contribute right away on special teams and maybe develop into more useful players than that down the road. Everyone being taken Saturday is a developmental player, and the Giants are looking for guys whose makeup leads them to believe they can develop relatively quickly.

His father, Derek Kennard, played 11 seasons and started 122 games in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Cardinals, Saints and Cowboys from 1986-96.

Injury concerns?: Kennard wasn't overly healthy in college. He had hip and thumb surgeries following the 2010 season and tore a pectoral muscle prior to the 2012 season.

What's next: Unless they trade it back to add more picks, the Giants have one pick left in this year's draft. It is the 11th pick of the sixth round, No. 187 overall. They traded their seventh-round pick for Jon Beason during the 2013 season.

Giants pick Nat Berhe in 5th

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The pick: Nat Berhe, safety, San Diego State

My take: Another senior. Another team captain. Another strong statistical performer, with 94 tackles as a junior and 99 as a senior. This is the fifth round, so it's rare to find a starter here, and the Giants' recent draft history hasn't exactly turned up many gems in this range. But if what you're looking for here is roster depth that helps bolster your special teams while you work to develop a guy into something more, you could do worse than a guy like this one. He also happens to play a position at which 2013 fifth-rounder Cooper Taylor (who was also the No. 152 overall pick) is the only player under contract with the Giants beyond 2014.

Impress your friends: His full name is Natneal Berhe, and his last name is pronounced "burr-HEY." I don't have a lot else to tell you. Todd McShay had a late sixth-round grade on him prior to the draft.

What's next: The Giants have another pick coming up in the fifth round -- No. 174 overall, a compensatory selection three picks from the round's end -- and then the 11th pick of the sixth round (No. 187 overall). They have no seventh-round pick unless they trade that No. 187 back and pick one up.

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