New York Giants draft LB Devon Kennard in fifth round

Posted May 10, 2014

The Giants added LB Devon Kennard to their improved defense in the fifth round scouting report: Well-proportioned, muscular build. Generally plays on his feet. Can drop into short zones. Good tackler. Has played outside linebacker, middle linebacker and defensive end. Smart and tough. Team captain with outstanding intangibles, including leadership traits and a professional approach.

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2. At USC, Kennard recorded 135 career tackles, including 13 for losses (with 4 sacks). He made 18 starts in his career, which included time at both linebacker and defensive end.

3. Measurables: Height 6-3, Weight 249 lbs., Arm Length 33 3/8”, Hands 9 3/8”

4. Played his first year under then-head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Rocky Seto. Played all 13 games as a true freshman in 2009, starting the final four at strongside linebacker, and recorded 34 tackles, two tackles for loss and zero sacks with three pass breakups and a forced fumble. Played in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's scheme in the next three seasons. Played all 13 games in 2010, starting the first eight at middle linebacker and totaled 72 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two sacks with a pass breakup and an interception. Deployed as an outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 3-4 scheme in 2013, when he started all 14 games and had 60 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks with four pass breakups. Team captain and had the top GPA on the team and was honored as USC's Most Inspirational Player and Co-Lifter of the Year.

5. His father, Derek, was an All-American offensive lineman at Nevada (lettering from 1981 to 1983) who then played 2 years in the USFL (1984-85 with the Los Angeles Express) and 11 seasons in the NFL (1986-90 with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, 1991-93 with the New Orleans Saints and 1994-96 with the Dallas Cowboys), including on the 1995 Cowboys' team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., was a 4-year (2000-03) football letterman at Nevada. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Devon Kennard was a Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, ESPN 150, and Super Prep Elite 50 while playing at Desert Vista High School.