Sunday, April 26, 2009

N.C. State duo goes in fourth round

Anthony Hill ended up being the first N.C. State player taken in the NFL Draft. The Houston Texans made the Wolfpack tight end the 122nd overall pick and took him in the fourth round.

Seven picks later, N.C. State running back Andre Brown, expected to go as early as the second round, joined UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks with the New York Giants.

Hill caught 19 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. He missed four games with a pectoral muscle injury. He missed the entire 2007 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. He led the Wolfpack in receiving as a junior in 2006 with 45 catches for 478 yards.

Brown fell to the fourth round but ended up with a strong team, known to use a lot of running backs. The Giants took Brown 129th overall in the fourth round.

They took Nicks with their first pick, 29th overall, in the first round. Brown joins a Giants backfield that includes Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

The Giants have used a three-back rotation in the past two seasons but lost Derrick Ward to free agency (Tampa Bay).

Brown led State with 767 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.