Kendrick Green Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Illinois Guard Kendrick Green is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Kendrick Green 

School:  Illinois 

Year:  Redshirt Junior 

Position: Interior Offensive line 

Measurements: 6’1 7/8ths 305 

 

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General Info:

Attended Peoria High School in Peoria, Illinois. He was a highly rated defensive tackle recruit coming out of high school. #22 defensive tackle in the nation to be specific. Collected 15 sacks as a high school senior. Redshirted his first season at Illinois as a defensive tackle. Switched to offensive line his redshirt freshman season. Started all twelve games as a redshirt freshman at left guard. For his Sophomore season he started 12 games at left guard again but also started one game at center. As a Junior he started all 8 games, with 3 of those at center. Finished his career with 33 straight starts. 

 

Positional Skills:

Positives: 

Green is a really good athlete, and it shows on film. Green has versatility. He has played both Center and Guard. Big, strong 10 1/8” hands, which allow him to lock on to defenders better. Durability is good, he has started 33 straight games. He sets a good base in his pass blocking. Green keeps his back straight and bends at the knees. He shows quick feet to mirror pass rushers. The former defensive lineman gets low and maintains good leverage in the running game. Illinois uses him on pulls a lot and he has shown on film to be a good mover and is able to get out and block on the edges. He also gets to the 2nd level with ease. Also he does a good job of resetting and reestablishing his feet when he goes give ground. Green is always looking for work. The former Illini loves the physical part of the game. He likes to put his man on the ground. At center his shotgun snaps look accurate and well timed. 

Negatives: 

Arms are a little short at 32 1/4”. He is a little on the short side as well at 6’2. When he gets to the 2nd level he will miss his mark sometimes which can mess up the play. Green ends up on the ground more than an athlete of his caliber should. It seems like he trips on either himself or another offensive lineman. Still shows some uncertainty of what he is supposed to be doing on some plays if he has no one to block. Also even though he has 33 starts he still seems a little raw on film in his technique and recognition skills. When he does get too high out of his stance he gets pushed back like he is on skates. If he plays center at the next level, he will need to put more velocity on his snaps. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

There are not a lot of negatives to Green’s game. His RAS score was 9.24. Greens agility numbers are within the Packers acceptable range; he has really good speed and explosive numbers. His arm length is borderline. He is also a hair under 6’2 and the Packers usually do not draft offensive linemen under 6’3; although that may have more to do with arm length than anything. He’s a good athletic blocker who can get to the next level. He is a great fit for zone blocking. Green Plays hard and usually tries to put him man on the ground. He still needs a little work on bettering his recognition skills and getting them quicker. He also needs to do a better job of staying on his feet, but outside of those things there is not much he needs to do to get pro ready. His main drawback is something he cannot do much about; his arm length. He could easily start as a rookie in the right system though. With his arm length the Packers probably view him as a center and he could be a good one in Green Bay. Plus, he offers versatility which they like. The arm length might scare them off in the range he will probably go in the draft. He should develop into a pretty good starting guard or center in the NFL. 

 
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April 14, 2021 at 04:55 am

There is no such thing as too many good OL on the roster. The Packers have a good OL room and a good OL coach. Solid OL play through all the injuries was the engine that powered the offense to the kind of season that greatly exceeded my expectations in 2020. Good OL play will have that kind of effect.

I don't know when Green will be picked but if he ends up in GB, you won't hear me bitching about a wasted pick, even if he's riding the pines for a year or two. He looks like he can be a solid interior OL foundation piece, perhaps with the ability to swing outside in a pinch.

They've already invested in Jordan Love. So it makes a lot of sense to invest in guys to help him succeed when the time comes.

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