For the first time in a long time, the linebacker position was not the leakiest unit on the defense for the New York Giants in 2013. After trading for Jon Beason, the linebacking core was shored up and helped make the Giants finish the season strong with a 7-3 record. They added some more help in free agency with Jameel McClain to go with the promising tandem of Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger. They did not stop there, as they also added Devon Kennard in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of USC.
Kennard is an extremely versatile player, moving around the defensive front for the Trojans. He played defensive end and along the second tier of the defense at inside and outside linebacker. He had solid production wherever he lined up for USC, and his versatility is something Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will be excited to put to use.