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Kevin Byard

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Kevin Leon Byard Jr born August 17, 1993 is an American football safety for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League NFL He played college football at Middle Tennessee


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 College career
  • 3 Professional career
    • 31 2016
    • 32 2017
    • 33 Career statistics
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Byard was born on August 17, 1993, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania After his parents divorced when he was 14, Byard moved to Atlanta with his mom, older brother, 2 younger brothers, and 3 younger sisters He attended Martin Luther King, Jr High School in Lithonia, Georgia In high school, he participated in football and track

College career

Byard played for the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State University from 2012 to 2015 He was redshirted in 2011 He earned Honorable Mention All-Conference USA honors in 2013 He was named First Team All-Conference USA in 2014 and 2015 Byard's 19 career interceptions are the most in school history Byard graduated from Middle Tennessee in May 2015 with a degree in liberal studies

Professional career

On November 22, 2015, Byard announced on Twitter that he had accepted his invitation to play in the 2016 Senior Bowl He was impressive during the week of practices leading up to the Senior Bowl, as he displayed his ball-hawking and athletic ability Byard met with representatives from the Atlanta Falcons during the week Byard was not one of the 60 defensive backs invited to the NFL combine On March 31, 2016, he participated at Middle Tennessee's pro day, along with 18 other teammates He surprised many scouts and analysts with a 446 and 450 in the 40-yard dash as many scouting reports listed speed as one of his weaknesses Team representatives and scouts from 24 NFL teams were in attendance with Byard as the top prospect performing He met with representatives from the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, and Tennessee Titans during his pro day Byard had official private visits or workouts with 12 teams that included the Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Titans, and Los Angeles Rams At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Byard received many mixed draft projections from draft experts and scouts, with some NFLDraftScoutcom projecting him to be a third or fourth round pick to others NFLcom projecting him to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round He was ranked the fifth best strong safety prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScoutcom

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 11 in
180 m
216 lb
98 kg
33 1⁄2 in
085 m
9 7⁄8 in
025 m
446 s 159 s 264 s 432 s 718 s 39 1⁄2 in
100 m
10 ft 7 in
323 m
All values from Middle Tennessee State's Pro Day


Byard was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the first pick in the third round 64th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft Byard was the 24th player ever drafted from Middle Tennessee State and the highest player drafted from there since Tyrone Calico second round, 60th overall, who was also selected by the Titans, in the 2003 NFL Draft Byard was the fifth safety selected in the 2016 NFL draft On July 18, 2016 the Titans signed Byard to a four-year, $363 million contract with a signing bonus of $897,060 Throughout training camp, he competed with Rashad Johnson for the vacant starting free safety position left by the release of Michael Griffin Head coach Mike Mularkey named Johnson the starting free safety to start the regular season with Byard serving as his backup

He made his professional regular season debut in the Titans' season-opener against the Minnesota Vikings and collected five solo tackles in a 25–16 loss On November 6, 2016, Byard recorded a season-high ten combined tackles in the Titans' 43–35 loss at the San Diego Chargers His playing time increased after Johnson missed Weeks 8-9 after suffering a neck injury On November 13, 2016, Byard received his first career start and recorded seven solo tackles and made his first career sack on Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers during a 47–25 victory Although Johnson returned from injury in Week 10, Byard remained the starting free safety for the last seven games of the season He finished his rookie season with a total of 58 combined tackles 44 solo, one sack, and four pass deflections in seven starts and 16 games Byard played in 656 601% of the Titans' defensive snaps, leading all of their safeties Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 789, which ranked second among rookie safeties


Byard entered training camp slated as the Titans' de facto free safety after they opted not to re-sign Rashad Johnson As expected, he was named the starting free safety to begin the 2017 season

He started the Titans' season-opener against the Oakland Raiders and recorded eight solo tackles in a 26–16 loss On October 1, 2017, he collected a season-high nine combined tackles and made his first career interception off of Deshaun Watson, as the Titans lost 57-14 to the Houston Texans On October 8, 2017, Byard recovered a fumble in a 16–10 loss to the Miami Dolphins On October 22, 2017, Byard recorded four combined tackles, three pass deflections, and had two interceptions off of Cleveland Browns' quarterback DeShone Kizer and one interception off of Cody Kessler during the Titans' 12–9 overtime win His three-interception performance earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week The following week, Byard made four solo tackles, defended three passes, and intercepted Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco twice to help his team earn a 23–20 victory He became the fifth player in NFL history to record five interceptions in a two-game span joining DeAngelo Hall 2010, Albert Lewis 1985, Willie Buchanon 1978, and Mike Haynes 1976 Byard received a grade of 899 from Pro Football Focus which was the third highest grade among safeties through the first twelve games, only behind Harrison Smith 942 and Adrian Amos 923 In the regular season finale on December 31, 2017, Byard intercepted 2 passes off of Blake Bortles, including one in the final seconds to secure a place in the playoffs Because of his spectacular performance, he was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week Byard finished the 2017 season with 2 fumble recoveries and a league-leading 8 interceptions He was also named first-team All-Pro after the regular season Additionally, he was named to his first Pro Bowl on January 21, 2018, as an injury replacement

Career statistics

As of Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sack PD INT Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2016 TEN 16 7 58 44 14 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 TEN 16 16 87 62 25 00 16 8 130 162 33 0 0 2
Career 32 23 145 106 39 10 20 8 130 81 33 0 0 2


  1. ^ "Kevin Byard Titans Biography" TitansOnlinecom 
  2. ^ "Top NFL team fits for MTSU's Kevin Byard" Retrieved July 18, 2016 
  3. ^ "Titans rookie Kevin Byard had to grow up fast" 
  4. ^ "Kevin Byard" goblueraiderscom Retrieved November 7, 2017 
  5. ^ Aldo Giovanni Amato November 22, 2015 "Kevin Byard headed to Senior Bowl" hawkcentralcom Retrieved November 25, 2017 
  6. ^ Orlando Ledbetter January 27, 2016 "Middle Tennessee's Byard shining at Senior Bowl" myajccom Retrieved November 25, 2017 
  7. ^ Connor Grott March 31, 2016 "MTSU 2016 Pro Day results: Byard steals spotlight" mstusidelinescom Retrieved November 30, 2017 
  8. ^ Aldo Almato March 31, 2016 "MTSU's Kevin Byard improves 40 time on pro day" dnjcom Retrieved November 30, 2017 
  9. ^ Aldo Amato April 22, 2016 "5 takeaways from MTSU safety Kevin Byard's NFL visits" Dnjcom Retrieved November 30, 2017 
  10. ^ "Kevin Byard, DS #5 SS, Middle Tennessee State" nfldraftscoutcom Retrieved November 30, 2017 
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Kevin Byard" NFLcom Retrieved November 25, 2017 
  12. ^ Lambert, Terry A April 30, 2016 "NFL Draft Picks 2016: Titans Select Kevin Byard, S, MTSU" Music City Miracles Retrieved July 18, 2016 
  13. ^ Wyatt, Jim July 15, 2016 "Titans Agree to Terms with Third-Round Pick Kevin Byard" Tennessee Titans Retrieved July 18, 2016 
  14. ^ "FootballDBcom: Middle Tennessee State: NFL Draft history" footballdbcom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  15. ^ "Spotraccom: Kevin Byard" spotraccom 
  16. ^ Michael Cotton August 19, 2016 "Five Titans needing big game vs Panthers" 247sportscom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  17. ^ Cory Curtis June 8, 2016 "Johnson, Byard both impressing at free safety for Titans" worncom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  18. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kevin Byard-2016" NFLcom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  19. ^ Aaron Resnick August 10, 2017 "Titans believe S Kevin Byard is destined for stardom" profootballfocuscom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  20. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 7-2017: Tennessee Titans @ Cleveland Browns" NFLcom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  21. ^ Lam, Quang M October 25, 2017 "Carson Wentz, Amari Cooper among Players of Week" NFLcom 
  22. ^ "NFL Player stats: Kevin Byard-2017" NFLcom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  23. ^ "Titans safety's 5 picks in consecutive games ties NFL mark" usatodaycom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  24. ^ Kyle Madson November 29, 2017 "Kevin Byard is the AFC's top safety per Pro Football Focus" titanswireusatodaycom Retrieved December 1, 2017 
  25. ^ "Mr INT: Titans S Kevin Byard Picks Off Two Passes in Win" December 31, 2017 
  26. ^ "Rivers, Byard, Godwin among NFL Players of the Week" NFLcom January 3, 2018 
  27. ^ "Titans Safety Kevin Byard Named First Team All-Pro" TitansOnlinecom January 5, 2018 
  28. ^ "Titans FS Kevin Byard, ST Brynden Trawick Named to Pro Bowl" TitansOnlinecom January 21, 2018 

External links

  • Kevin Byard on Twitter
  • Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders bio

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