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Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans safety Devon Kennard (42) during the game against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Kennard Drafted by the New York Giants in the Fifth Round

Former USC linebacker Devon Kennard is a New York Giant.

The Giants selected Kennard 174th overall with their fifth round pick, making him the third Trojan taken in this year’s draft.

Kennard began his Trojan career at defensive end, but shifted to linebacker to start the final four games of this freshman season.

As a sophomore, Kennard shifted to the middle linebacker position where he started the first eight games of the season.

Continuing the theme of his nomadic career, Kennard moved back to defensive end as a junior and earned starts in five games while also working in the defensive line rotation.

An injury to his pectoral muscle in 2012 ended his season, but also allowed him to take a redshirt year to extend his career.

As a senior, he once against switched positions, this time to outside linebacker where he excelled and was named a finalist for the 2013 Lott Impact Trophy. He also earned honors on the All-Pac-12 second team.

Kennard joins Marqise Lee and Marcus Martin as the only Trojans taken in the draft so far. Lee was taken in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars while Martin waited until the third round for the San Fransisco 49ers to move him north to the Bay Area.

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