By all accounts, the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft was hugely successful for the Boston College Eagles football program.
In total, four players got drafted — more than the one or two expected in many mock drafts — and six other departing Eagles received undrafted free agent contracts. Virtually all of these young men are going to get a shot in the NFL, if nothing else.
Let’s take a look at who is going where in the pros:
Boston College in the 2014 NFL Draft: Players Drafted
Andre Williams, New York Giants
Round 4, Pick 113
Williams took his fair share of criticism within NFL circles for his perceived inability to catch the football from out of the backfield. In spite of that, Andre was one of the first players selected on Saturday and the first of four on the day.
The New York Football Giants are no strangers to the maroon and gold, from the alumnus co-owner John Mara down to former coach Tom Coughlin and several players, including Boston College fan favorite Mark Herzlich.
Andre is good at what he does and there is no better place for him to learn the pro game than in this BC-heavy franchise.
Kevin Pierre-Louis, Seattle Seahawks
Round 4, Pick 132
Being drafted by a defending Super Bowl champion is a big deal, because it is a fairly safe assumption that KPL is going to a team where he might be a part of winning right away. Seattle’s defense is stout and helped them win a championship in February; if Pierre-Louis makes the team, he will join one of the scariest defenses in football at linebacker.
Nate Freese, Detroit Lions
Round 7, Pick 229
Freese was by and large a very accurate kicker for Boston College, and in being drafted, he accomplished the rare feat of being an Eagle kicker selected in the draft. Who needs the Groza Award when an NFL team has found you worthy?
As long as he keeps sending the ball through the uprights, Freese might be able to piece together a solid NFL career.
Kaleb Ramsey, San Francisco 49ers
Round 7, Pick 243
The uniform color scheme will not change too much for Ramsey, the fourth Eagle drafted on Saturday. Everyone who follows Boston College’s football team knows that he has talent, but injuries held him back and kept impeding what we expected to be a productive Eagles career.
Nevertheless, his perseverance and respectable play during his lengthy stint at Chestnut Hill earned him a draft pick. The 49ers are a team in which the offense gets quite a bit of the spotlight with players like Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore, but there’s plenty of defense as well. Not to mention, this is another franchise riding a high in recent years; it seems like a good fit for Ramsey.
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