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5th Round (#152 overall): Nat Berhe, S, San Diego State
Berhe doesn’t exactly have the prototypical size for a safety (5’10, 193lbs). He is built more like a cornerback, but spent time all over the San Diego State defense. He is probably best suited in the box, but his lack of size worries me, especially in the NFL where he will be going up against bigger/stronger competition. I understand the Giants wanting Will Hill insurance, but Berhe’s upside, to me, is limited to a solid special teams contributor.
Berhe was puzzling pick at first. GM Jerry Reese has since explained that he was chosen as a potential replacement for S Will Hill, who faces a pending suspension, but Berhe was regarded as a tweener of a defensive back who had a poor combine. What is undeniable is his motor and instincts, as he reacts to the play immediately and makes sure fire tackles consistently. I do love his game despite his smaller size, but I wasn’t enamored with where he was selected with other prospects like G Cyril Richardson and TE Arthur Lynch on the board at positions of greater need. That doesn’t mean he’ll be a solid contributor though.