Giants select OLB Devon Kennard

NCAA Football: Utah State at Southern CaliforniaWith the No. 174 pick of the NFL Draft, the Giants selected outside linebacker Devon Kennard out of USC.

Kennard, who is 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, played defensive end, middle linebacker and outside linebacker during his career at USC. The 22-year-old was named to the All-Pac 12 second team after he led the team with nine sacks over the course of 14 starts at outside linebacker. During his final season with the Trojans, he was a captain and had the highest GPA on the team. He redshirted during the 2012 season after he tore his pectoral muscle in July. He also had surgery after the 2010 season for torn cartilage in his hip. He played in only three games as a senior in high school before he tore knee ligaments.

Kennard’s father was an offensive lineman for the Cardinals, Saints and the Cowboys over the course of 11 seasons, and won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys.

Scouts have said that Kennard is a good tackler with versatility who plays tough. They also point out, though, that he is still developing some instincts.




5 comments
manchu
manchu

This is an ok pick. not fantastic just ok.. the injury history is a little concerning, but this is the 5th round and you can afford to take a chance here.. when healthy this guy has shown he can play so the upside is there..

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Shocker he was a team captain! Someone should make a list of all the team captains in the draft that are still available cause you can probably lay money the Giants last pick will be on that list. LOL Is having the best GPA on the USC football team saying that much as an accomplishment? Worrisome that he's torn cartilage in his hip, knee ligaments and pectoral muscle in 3 separate yrs.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

USC is a LBer Factory....

Great Value in the Late 5th

spider43
spider43

@Peter Sinapi  ....  Yeah, but I wonder if he's any better than Zumwalt from UCLA. I would have been ok with Zumwalt. Not sure how I feel about this pick, especially considering how often he's been injured.