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Devon Kennard is projected to go undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft
Matt Miller's Projection: Undrafted Free Agent
Analysis: Back in February, Devon Kennard was projected to go in the sixth round, but it appears he has slipped a bit. That's probably because of a combination of things, namely his position changes and the pectoral injury that sidelined him for all of 2012.
Having played middle linebacker, defensive end and outside linebacker at USC, Kennard touts a lot of versatility, though, he doesn't have a lot of tape at any one position.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist missed all of 2012 due to a torn pectoral injury, but his performance in 2013 should have erased any skepticism about if he was entirely healed. Kennard led the Trojans in sacks (nine) and racked up 60 tackles in 2013.
He has the skill set, body type and toughness to be very productive as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in the professional ranks. He also has the advantage of an NFL pedigree: His father Derek Kennard played for the Dallas Cowboys in the '90s.
Aside from all those upsides, Kennard's initial explosion is limited, and he needs to develop more pass-rush moves. He still needs to prove that despite having played multiple positions in college, he is a sure bet for an outside linebacker role at the next level.