Kennard, who is 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds, played defensive end, middle linebacker and outside linebacker during his career at USC. The 22-year-old was named to the All-Pac 12 second team after he led the team with nine sacks over the course of 14 starts at outside linebacker. During his final season with the Trojans, he was a captain and had the highest GPA on the team. He redshirted during the 2012 season after he tore his pectoral muscle in July. He also had surgery after the 2010 season for torn cartilage in his hip. He played in only three games as a senior in high school before he tore knee ligaments.
Kennard's father was an offensive lineman for the Cardinals, Saints and the Cowboys over the course of 11 seasons, and won Super Bowl XXX with the Cowboys.
Scouts have said that Kennard is a good tackler with versatility who plays tough. They also point out, though, that he is still developing some instincts.