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Devon Kennard, OLB

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 249 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
190175-6
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 5/174 -- Devon Kennard, LB, 6-3, 255, Southern California...Versatile linebacker who can play on the strong side or in the middle. Kennard started his collegiate career as a defensive end in a 3-4 but showed enough football acumen to encourage coaches to trust him with multiple roles, including that of a pass rusher. With the Giants still short on defensive ends, Kennard figures to contribute at that position in certain packages. - The Sports Xchange

04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: OLB Devon Kennard, Southern Cal: Adding another edge rusher to complement Mathis and 2013 first round pick Bjoern Werner certainly is a need as no team was more reliant on their star to get to the quarterback than the Colts. Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks a season ago and while the team remains very high on Werner's progress, pushing him an athletic edge defender like Kennard makes sense. Rangy, physical, versatile and coming off of the best season of his collegiate career as an stand-up pass rusher in former NFL defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 3-4 alignment, Kennard could be a nice Day Three surprise for some lucky club. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

12/04/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST: Devon Kennard, DE, USC...Kennard, a senior 3-year starter and 2013 team captain, leads the Trojans in sacks (8) in 2013 to go along with his 48 tackles, 10 tackles for loss 4 deflections and a fumble recovery. He was the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week in the first week of this season after making 4 tackles (with 2.5 for losses, including 1.5 sacks) and 2 deflections in USC's season-opening win at Hawaii. He has a 3.23 GPA while getting his master's degree in communication management. He received his bachelor's degree in communication in the spring of 2012. He is a 3-time Pac-12 All-Academic second teamer (2010-11-13).

He was one of 16 Trojan football players who spent 5 days in Haiti in the spring of 2012 building homes and assisting those in need. He also was one of USC's representatives at the 2011 APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education) Conference in Austin, Tex., designed to promote student-athlete health and wellness. His father, Derek, was an All-American offensive lineman at Nevada who then played 2 years in the USFL and 11 seasons in the NFL, including on the 1995 Cowboys' team that won the Super Bowl. His brother, Derek Jr., also played football at Nevada. - USC football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Devon Kennard, Sr., USC...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - USC football

09/11/2013 - Scouting the USC run defense: Hawaii and Washington State had no running room against a stout USC defensive front. Those teams combined for only 30 net rushing yards against the Trojans. USC limited them to a mere 0.6 average yards per rush. Devin Kennard, an outside linebacker, has been tremendous in pursuit, recording three tackles for lost yardage and recovering a fumble. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - OTHER USC PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: DE/OLB Devon Kennard (6-3, 260, 4.83)...Kennard missed the entire 2012 season with a torn pectoral muscle. He has 18 career starts and 135 career tackles (including 13 for loss and four sacks) to his credit. Undersized but surprisingly strong and alert, he could enjoy a bounce-back campaign and re-establish himself as a draftable commodity with a solid effort in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Devon Kennard, DL, USC...Kennard was slated to start at defensive end as a senior in 2012, but he tore a chest muscle just before the season started and had surgery, which sidelined him for all of 2012 and allowed him to redshirt. He has 135 career tackles, including 13 for losses (with 4 sacks). He has 18 career starts. - USC football

 
 
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Giants' picks: Round 5/174 -- Devon Kennard, LB, 6-3, 255, Southern California...Versatile linebacker who can play on the strong side or in the middle. Kennard started his collegiate career as a defensive end in a 3-4 but showed enough football acumen to encourage coaches to trust him with multiple roles, including that of a pass rusher. With the Giants still short on defensive ends, Kennard figures to contribute at that position in certain packages. - The Sports Xchange
 

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