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28. Kevin Byard

Kevin Byard is one of the most prolific defensive stars from Middle Tennessee State where the All-Conference USA star was a Third Round Pick in the 2016 Draft.

In his rookie season, Byard would win a starting job at Safety, but if there was an award for Sophomore of the Year, Byard could have staked a claim for it.  Byard was a co-leader in Interceptions (6) while going to the Pro Bowl and securing First Team honors that year, and although he did not come close to to that production from 2018 to 2020 in traditional and advanced metrics, he was still a solid starter in the NFL.  

Byard returned to Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro form in 2021, which coincided with his move from Free Safety to Strong Safety.  Still a Titan, Byard’s rank will rise dramatically if he has another Pro Bowl like year.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Free Safety, Strong Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 64th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/29/16.
  • Games Played: 97
  • Notable Statistics:

    88 Games Started
    23 Interceptions
    276 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    3 Forced Fumbles
    3 Fumble Recoveries
    36 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    4.0 Quarterback Sacks
    538 Combined Tackles
    379 Solo Tackles
    159 Assisted Tackles
    15 Tackles for Loss
    18 Quarterback Hits
    1 Reception
    11 Receiving Yards
    1 Pass Attempt
    1 Pass Completion
    66 Passing Yards
    1 Touchdown Pass
    50 Approximate Value

    7 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    31 Interception Return Yards
    44 Combined Tackles
    34 Solo Tackles
    10 Assisted Tackles

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (2017 & 2021)
    Pro Bowl (2017 & 2021)
    Most Interceptions (2017)

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