2022 NFL Draft Player Profile: Kenyon Green

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Kenyon Green NFL Draft Overview

Position: Offensive Guard

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 323 Lbs

School: Texas A&M

Pro Day Performance Data

40-yard dash: 5.24

Vertical jump: 26”

Broad jump: 8’6”

225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20

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Kenyon Green 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Entering this year’s draft as one of the more ready-made blockers, Kenyon Green shows a desirable pro skillset. Further, his nastiness and high motor jump off the page. Starting at left tackle this season for the Aggies, Green is one of the draft’s most decorated blockers. In 2020 and 2021, Green was a consensus first team All-American. Interestingly, those were his sophomore and junior seasons, with Green entering the draft at 21-years-old. Also, both of those credentials were earned at the tackle position, though Green projects much more naturally at offensive guard. Without great speed but with eye-popping power, kicking inside will minimize many of Green’s weak traits. 

Unfortunately, Green’s draft stock might take a hit due to those aforementioned weak traits. He tested below expectations at the 2022 NFL Combine, which matters to some more than others. Posting a 5.85 relative athletic score, he ranked 27th amongst his peers. Certainly, tape tells more than testing, but it’s still a bit of a concern. However, he makes up ground with his 34-inch arms, which is tremendous for a guard. With that added reach, he’s able to better stay on balance and keeps him in good positions.

Further, that reveals itself on tape when edge rushers attempt to shove off from Green. Green combats these with continued engagement inside their pads, which is a beautiful technique. Granted, Green doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor of some of the other first round talents. Instead, he shows play-to-play focus, good vision for the game, and unique physicality. More of a jack of all trades than a master of one, Green will stand out to line coaches. 

Strengths

  • Shows a lot of play strength
  • Hand placement is impressive and consistent
  • Knows how to use his weight to gain leverage
  • Eyes and vision allow him to save plays
  • Plays with a lovable degree of nastiness
  • Blocks through the whistle
  • Unphased by bull rushes
  • Performed quite well against elite defenders

Weaknesses

  • His game doesn’t display much speed
  • Testing went poorly
  • Probably not a realistic tackle prospect
  • Fatigue became an issue on occasion
  • Can get beat by speed rushes

NFL Comparison: Gabe Jackson

Teams With Need at Position: Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals

Projection: Late First Round

Bottom Line on Kenyon Green

Overall, Kenyon Green is an appealing prospect who can contribute right away. While his speed is a little underwhelming his strength is a major upside. While his testing might’ve hurt the high end of his draft stock, it’s hard to imagine him making it out of Day One. With so many teams needing quality lineman, Kenyon Green is in the right draft class for his talents. Generally, teams will be thrilled when they see his run blocking ability on tape. With so many teams moving to wide zone schemes, Green’s game speed is an ideal trait. 

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