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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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