Giants Draft 2014: Pick by Pick Analysis and Grades

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5th Round (#174 overall): Devon Kennard, LB, USC

James’ Take: A typical tweener that Jerry Reese likes to pick one of in every draft, it seems.  Kennard was a 5-star recruit and has the bloodlines to be great, but his physical ability doesn’t translate well on the field.  If the Giants’ coaches can get the most out of him, he might develop, but I don’t see him being a future starter in the NFL.


Felix’s Take: Pedigree can take you a long way in the NFL and Devon Kennard probably benefited from such a foundation. While his father was a 10+ year starter in the NFL, Devon hopes to replicate such success. A standout linebacker for USC, Kennard has a solid blend of athleticism and tenacity that shows itself on every play. He isn’t the biggest edge rusher but he’s at a great size for a linebacker. Injury concerns are there, which hurt his stock, but as a fifth round pick, no one can complain about the potential upside. He also maintained the highest GPA on the entire USC football team. Intelligent and well-prepared for an NFL career, Kennard could be a steal this late for the Giants.