Devon Kennard
Devon Kennard
28-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kennard didn't quite make the impact many hoped he would after landing a lucrative contract from Detroit ahead of the 2018 campaign. When it was all said and done, the 28-year-old managed just 46 tackles and seven sacks on over 850 snaps. There's justified optimism for increased productivity in his second year in Motown, though, not only for having a year of experience under Matt Patricia to build off of, but also because of the suddenly stacked defensive line Kennard will play off of (Trey Flowers and Mike Daniels were added to a defensive line group that already included Damon Harrison, Da'Shawn Hand, A'Shawn Robinson and Romeo Okwara). While the 61 tackles he had in 2016 with the Giants is probably Kennard's ceiling in that department, Kennard could realistically challenge for double-digit sacks in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Lions in March of 2018.
Three sacks in opener
LBDetroit Lions
September 9, 2019
Kennard recorded four tackles, all solo, and three sacks across 81 defensive snaps in Sunday's tie with the Cardinals.
Fellow linebacker Jarrad Davis was sidelined for Sunday's opener with a high-ankle sprain, which forced Kennard to take over the play-calling responsibilities. The veteran played in 81 percent of the defensive snaps and made an impact, as he took down Kyler Murray on three separate occasions.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Devon Kennard's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
256 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.70 sec
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
Cone Drill
7.25 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
Broad Jump
113 in
Bench Press
23 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
33.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Arguably the biggest offseason addition to the Lions defense, Kennard comes to Detroit on a three-year, $18.75 million contract to operate on the edge next to second-year middle linebacker Jarrad Davis. Playing in a similar alignment his last four seasons with the Giants, Kennard has averaged 51 tackles while accounting for 9.5 sacks and one interception in the same time span. With versatility key in Matt Patricia's defense, Kennard likely will be asked to continue doing a lot of different things from pass rushing to run support in Detroit. However, his jack-of-all-trades role hasn't made him IDP-worthy in the past, and that seems unlikely to change in 2018.
Likely starting strong side linebacker, but has competition for snaps from Mark Herzlich among others.
Starting strong-side linebacker. Kennard had a promising rookie season in 2014 and even tallied 4.5 sacks in spot duty, but it's hard to rack up big numbers from the strong side.
Rookie fifth-round pick will have a shot at regular snaps after a strong camp.
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Three sacks against Cardinals new offense
LBDetroit Lions
September 9, 2019
Kennard generated four tackles and three sacks during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.
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New career high in sacks
LBDetroit Lions
January 18, 2019
Kennard produced 46 tackles and seven sacks over 15 games for the Lions in 2018.
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Ready to rock Sunday
LBDetroit Lions
December 23, 2018
Kennard (hip) is active for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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Officially considered questionable
LBDetroit Lions
December 21, 2018
Kennard (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
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Sack in loss
LBDetroit Lions
December 18, 2018
Kennard recorded four tackles (two solo) and a sack across 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
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