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2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants Select USC LB Devon Kennard

May 10th, 2014 at 3:35 PM
By Dan Benton

With their sixth pick (No. 174 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select USC linebacker Devon Kennard.

Once again, the General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. land themselves a team captain — notice a trend this year? In addition, Kennard is another guy with an extremely high football IQ and sported the highest GPA on the Trojans.

Originally recruited as a pass-rushing defensive end, Kennard transitioned to outside linebacker at USC, although he is capable of playing a DE/LB role similar to what Mathias Kiwanuka had played for the Giants previously.

The 6'3'', 250 lbs. Kennard recently posted a 4.62 40-yard dash and does have an NFL pedigree. His Father, Derek Kennard, played 11 years in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys as an offensive lineman. He even brought home a Super Bowl ring (Super Bowl XXX).

The 174th pick for the Giants was their second of the fifth round and their sole compensatory pick in this year's draft.


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22 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: New York Giants Select USC LB Devon Kennard”

  1.  aikitim says:

    Another team captain.

    •  aikitim says:

      STRENGTHS 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.

      WEAKNESSES Lacks ideal body length and has small hands. Average athletic ability. Dull get-off. Limited explosion and power. Needs to cultivate pass-rush moves. Does not provide enough resistance against the run. Still developing instincts.

      BOTTOM LINE A well-put-together standup linebacker with NFL bloodlines, Kennard’s intangibles outdistance his physical traits, as he lacks the juice to consistently heat up the edge in the pros.

  2.  BillyS says:

    Chances are he’s just a ST guy, but who knows how he’ll perform. He has pretty good size and is obviously a smart, high character guy.

  3.  Begiant says:

    I still wouldn’t mind Christian Jones in the sixth. He could probably be developed to be Wil, Mike or SAM.

  4.  TroyThorne says:

    Just remember that in the 5th+ round you’re just hoping for special teams contributors and decent depth.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Or lightning to strike.

      Nothing to write home about past the Williams pick, but it looks like we should get at least two, and perhaps three, starters out of this draft and a very good role player. Four solid picks with talent and character. Has to be deemed a pretty decent draft if not a great one.

      We went for production + character/leadership and that is never a bad thing.

      It’s hard now not to recognize that the team was in disarray the past few years. There’s a reason every pick is a captain, and that Coughlin stands up and just about says the team lacked character. There’s a reason they never really tried to sign a good number of their own free agents.

      This team got complacent, and soft, and unfocused. We all saw them give up when they got punched in the mouth.

      It’s going to take more than one year to build back to championship potential. We’re not there in 2014.

  5.  BillyS says:

    I’ll say our next pick will be…

    Rob Blanchflower. TE out of Massachusetts. 6’4″, 256 lbs. Competitive, terrific blocker, and is willing to go up without thinking of getting hit. He sounds like a Kevin Boss clone (albeit a little shorter). Oh, and he’s also a team captain.

  6.  aikitim says:

    Just remember we picked Jon Beason with our 7th rounder. Awesome.

  7.  BBWC says:

    With our final pick the Giants will select the TE with the highest GPA.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    I like all the positions we have picked. Some of the players are not the names you may expect but I’m trusting our scouting department. It’s clear character is a heavy heavy theme. I thought we would draft a Schofikd type LB and this was our pick. He has a chance to play because McLain hasn’t been the most durable and he has Nicole package de pass rush skills. This also probably means no SAM. I think the safety shows that Hill is on barrowed time. He’s the opposite pick to that of Taylor last year becaus he’s a much more of you know what you’re string with him.

  9.  Krow says:

    Late picks are longshots at best … they’re trying to find a bit of magic, so it’s hard to complain about any of them.

  10.  BillyS says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Giants went after Michael Sam next round.

    Right now I’m hoping for Rob Blanchflower or Marcel Jensen. Or next round. Either or.

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