The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Kendrick Green 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Kendrick Green Background
Position: Offensive Guard/Center
Size: 6-foot-2, 305 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2020 stats: Second Team All-American (USA Today)
Green started his career at Illinois as a defensive tackle, but turned himself into a solid offensive lineman. He is now a solid draft prospect.
As a recruit, Green was a four-star defensive tackle who decided to stay in-state and play for the Fighting Illini. He redshirted his first year on campus and then moved to guard. As a redshirt freshman, he started all 12 games at left guard. Illinois went 4-8 that season. For the 2019 season, Green played 12 games at guard and one at center. The Fighting Illini went 6-7, but lost in the Redbox Bowl to end the season. In the 2020 season, Green spent time at guard and center once again and was named a USA Today Second Team All-American. Illinois only won two games on the season.
After a quick transition from defensive line to offensive line, Green is now looking to make the jump to the next level. He is a projected third to fifth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Green’s versatility will be a big asset for teams building out their rosters. He has solid experience at both guard and center. Teams that have a need at either position could end up drafting Green. He’ll likely play guard at the next level, but in case of emergency, could slide over to center if asked.
His athleticism and movement ability are great for a guard. He gets off the line of scrimmage quickly, which gives him a leg up on his competition. Green moves laterally well and vertically as well. He can stay in front of pass rushers and can get to the second level in the running game.
He is a better run blocker than pass blocker at this point. His initial quickness helps give him momentum when he is blocking his mand. Green aslo has the quickness and agility to get to the second level. He is the perfect blocker for a zone scheme.
For an interior lineman, Green is a little undersized. He is 6-foot-2 and 305 pounds, which will both be below the position averages at the NFL level. His 32.25-inch arms are also not the longest for the position. From a measurable standpoint, Green is below average for an interior lineman.
Green doesn’t have the best strength or power. This hurts him, as he has a tough time sustaining blocks because of it. He can get overpowered at the point of attack and isn’t a move blocker, which is why he is a better fit for a zone scheme.
He needs to play with better balance and at a better pad level. Green can get caught off-balance and he lunges at times. He needs to trust his technique and keep his balance. His tendency to stand straight up makes it tough for him to maintain his leverage.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
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