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Devon Kennard makes a play against Utah State.
Bench-press reps: 23
40-yard dash: 4.70
Vertical jump: 30.0 in.
Broad jump: 9'4" (113 in.)
Three-cone drill: DNP
20-yard shuffle: DNP
- 60-yard shuffle: DNP
Draft Projection: Sixth round (No. 185 overall), San Diego Chargers
Having played middle linebacker, defensive end and outside linebacker at USC, Kennard brings a lot of versatility to the NFL combine. The Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist missed all of 2012 due to a torn pectoral injury but returned in 2013 with a vengeance.
The 6'3", 257-pound linebacker led the Trojans in sacks (nine) and racked up 60 tackles on the season. Kennard has the frame, skill set and toughness to be competitive as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end at the next level. He also has the advantage of an NFL pedigree: His father Derek Kennard played for the Dallas Cowboys in the '90s.
On the flip side, Kennard's initial explosion is limited, and he needs to develop more pass-rush moves. He will spend the weekend showing scouts that he has improved both of those aspects of his game. He will also want to show that despite having played multiple positions in college, he is a sure bet for an outside linebacker role at the next level.
He additionally excelled in the classroom and the community—two things that NFL scouts will like about him. As an underclassman, he was awarded USC's John McKay award (given to the top-performing underclassmen), and as a veteran, he was dubbed Most Inspirational by his teammates and coaches and won the Trojan Football Alumni Club Award for highest GPA.
Kennard was also voted a team captain in 2013, which speaks to his skills as a leader.