What scouts are saying about Peoria's Kendrick Green ahead of the NFL draft

Wes Huett
Journal Star
Illinois offensive lineman Kendrick Green (53) huddles with his team before a game this season.

Peoria native Kendrick Green stacked up the awards during his final season with the Illinois football team.

Now, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman is stacking up the superlatives ahead of his likely selection in the NFL Draft.

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The Peoria High graduate capped his career in Champaign by playing in 33 consecutive starts, mostly at guard but also seeing time at center. He earned first-team all-Big Ten and second-team all-America from USA TODAY.

Now, Green's cache earned him an official invite to the NFL Combine, which this season moves from Indianapolis to college campuses across the country. Green's pro day was March 17, with the draft scheduled for April 29-May 1. Green ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds.

Many scouting sites are pegging Green as a solid pick, most heaping praise on his physicality and durability. He's largely thought of as a great mid-to-late-round pick.

Let's take a look at a few:

Kendrick Green scouting reports

Pro Football Focus gives Green a fourth-round grade and lists him 112th overall on the big board. He's listed as the No. 8-ranked interior offensive lineman, pointing out that he tied for the lead among Power Five linemen with 14 "big-time blocks" despite playing just eight games. 

"His tape is littered with high-level plays — and not only of the pancake variety but also in sheer difficulty of assignment," Michael Renner wrote, going on to say Green's explosiveness likely can't be matched in this class. Renner also considers Green a "sleeper" in this draft

"He flies out of his stance. While he’s still a work in progress in pass protection, Green has the foot quicks to get it done in time."

Gamechanger Sports Network also grades Green in that third- and fourth-round level, praising his explosiveness and durability.

"His motor never cools off and he will open up a hole when you need him to," the site writes in his scouting report. "Green has all the tools to start at the next level. You can’t coach explosiveness and physicality, two traits he has and excels at."

The Draft Network is a little more critical of Green, calling him a developmental center who is "rough around the edges with the finer points of strike placement, feel for scraping defenders, angles when climbing to the second level, and his footwork and base."

Kyle Crabbs of the site likes Green's versatility and says the Peorian is a target on the final day of the draft, who "has the lateral mobility and functional athleticism to develop and continue to work with at the pro level."

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Kendrick Green is being targeted by NFL teams

Green is seen as good fit for zone-heavy rushing offenses, used by many of the league's top offenses. Multiple sites focused on NFL teams have spotlighted Green as a possible draft target.

Charles Goldman of Chiefs Wire calls Green "a mauler in the run game," and a good fit for AFC champion Kansas City, already home to former Illinois lineman Nick Allegretti.

"(Green's) the type to play through the whistle and he’s always looking to put defenders on their backs."

Steelers Wire says Pittsburgh last season "stole one of the best offensive linemen in the draft with Kevin Dotson," and they can do it again with a mid-round pick for Green. 

Chargers Wire calls Green a "perfect late-round option" for Los Angeles' AFC squad, while another mock draft site has Green headed to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round.

Wes Huett is Journal Star sports editor. Email him at whuett@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @WesHuett.