Giants pick Devon Kennard in 5th

May, 10, 2014
May 10
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video The pick: Devon Kennard, outside linebacker, USC

My take: The guy is a bit of a tweener pass-rusher who played outside linebacker in a 3-4 in college, but guess what? Yeah, that's right. He was a team captain at USC. (Time to link back to this from last night).

Todd McShay gave Kennard a seventh-round grade, and our ESPN scouts rated him the No. 16 outside linebacker in the draft. But as we discussed earlier with the Giants' first fifth-rounder, Nat Berhe, what they're looking for here are hard-working smart guys who can contribute right away on special teams and maybe develop into more useful players than that down the road. Everyone being taken Saturday is a developmental player, and the Giants are looking for guys whose makeup leads them to believe they can develop relatively quickly.

His father, Derek Kennard, played 11 seasons and started 122 games in the NFL as an offensive lineman for the Cardinals, Saints and Cowboys from 1986-96.

Injury concerns?: Kennard wasn't overly healthy in college. He had hip and thumb surgeries following the 2010 season and tore a pectoral muscle prior to the 2012 season.

What's next: Unless they trade it back to add more picks, the Giants have one pick left in this year's draft. It is the 11th pick of the sixth round, No. 187 overall. They traded their seventh-round pick for Jon Beason during the 2013 season.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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