2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kenyon Greenby Michael Schiro February 9, 2022 6 comments
Kenyon Green, the AP All-American Guard out of Texas A&M and Humble, Texas, is one of the best interior linemen in this class. A stellar junior season in which he racked up numerous awards and accolades cemented his legacy by getting a selection to All-SEC First Team. Green has been a standout for the Aggies since he arrived on campus. Notching more than 35 starts in the SEC for the Aggies and becoming a team captain his final season, Green was a stand-out for the program during his time with them.
Green is a fascinating prospect in this draft class, with a lot of the hype from his versatility and ability to run block with the best of them. While Texas A&M had a rough season this year, one of the bright spots for the team was Green. Jimbo Fisher asked Green to move all around the line with injuries to the offensive line. Showing the NFL that he is more than just a guard; he can successfully play all around the line of scrimmage. Greens’ stellar year for A&M is what helped solidify his draft stock heading into the draft and a year that marked the end of Green’s stellar college career.
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Name: Kenyon Green
Jersey: No. 55
Position: Offensive Linemen
School: Texas A&M
Weight: 325 lbs
Games Watched: Alabama (2021) LSU (2021) South Carolina (2021)
Major Injury History: None
Pass Blocking (13/15)
Kenyon Green Has shown that he is a more than capable pass blocker in the draft and is up there with that other great prospect in this class. Green’s ability to get square and face up a pass rush is why he will be the quarterback’s best friend. With his ability to get into his pass set quickly, he is more than capable of winning against smaller interior defenders and larger, stronger guys. Showing the improvement from his first year to his last at A&M, it’s not unbelievable to think that he can still develop once he gets to his next team.
Run Blocking (15/15)
Green is an absolute bowling ball in the run game. Whether it’s coming from the interior or the outside of the line, he will get up field and look for contact, at times looking like he is having fun with it. Whether it’s taking a left end or defensive tackle straight up or climbing the second level and taking linebacker out of the play, Green’s ability to use a combination of his speed, size, and hand placement is what makes him a monster in run fits. In addition, his team can design run schemes based around him, whether they be power or zone runs. Green can fit whichever system the team will run.
Green shows the ability to drop anchor and sit down against a bull rush among the best in this class. Green’s back foot plant allows for all his weight to be centered when pass protecting and, in turn, will enable him to take on more prominent defenders. Showing the college world that he is a first-round pick due mainly to his ability to size up opponents and anchor down allows the quarterback to feel at ease when dropping back to pass, making him an intriguing prospect.
Green’s footwork allows him to quickly climb to the second level, perform in zone runs, or take on edge defenders when moved to tackle. Green is an exciting prospect, having played four positions on the line for Texas A&M in his final season. It was primarily due to his footwork and ability to maneuver between guard and tackle, big and small defenders with ease—having the ability to almost dance when pass blocking is such a strength when it comes to his potential. While Green’s best skill set is run blocking, a large part is his outstanding footwork, which allows him to shift his leverage points when pulling or climbing the second level.
Green is a little rough when it comes to the mechanics of being a lineman, having relied on his size and athleticism a lot of his career and got away with it for a long time. The positive side of this is that his biggest weakness is his hand placement, which can easily be fixed with an average offensive line coach. While his foot placement is beyond extraordinary, he misplaces his hands and often shoots his lead hand out too early, causing the defender’s quick swipe off technique. As a result, Green may struggle against defenders who lean and wrestle with him at the line of scrimmage. Another issue is that he tends to lack the ability to quickly reset his hand to get out of a bad position for him.
Green is an athletic freak. Weighing 325 pounds, he shouldn’t be able to switch between guard and tackle too effortlessly, but he can; given the rare blend of size, speed, and agility, it’s almost majestic to see him control the defender. Showing off his skillset by winning with several different moves in the run and pass game while somehow switching it up between physical play and elegance. One of the best examples is how he can go from a violent first punch at guard to an elegant swipe block at tackle—proving that he isn’t just a power or finesse player, which is a valid credit to his athleticism.
As mentioned before, Texas A&M asked Green to play every position on the offensive line, excluding the center. Looking at the starts for his final season, Green started all 12 games with seven coming at left guard, two at right tackle, two at right guard, and one at left tackle. Green’s ability to move around the offensive line makes him one of the better prospects. Teams will value him as a guard in the draft, but he will be more than capable of playing tackle if the need arises.
Length won’t be a negative when it comes to Green’s measurements at the combine this year. Boasting great arm length paired with his size, Green can be the best interior linemen in this draft. With the ability to use the length to his advantage in both the run and passing game, Green understands positioning and leverage; with a long arm that packs a lot of force behind it, he is a dominating force when pulling from the guard position.
Green’s control isn’t where it needs to be compared to other interior linemen in this draft, but he makes up for it with his power and athleticism. Some of that is because his mechanics are not where they should be, but given that he is only a junior, getting a good coaching staff will fine-tune these issues. As mentioned previously, Green might struggle against the bigger giants on the defensive line who like to lean and win with just size and power over technique. However, once Green gets his control and mechanics tuned up, only the elite-level talent will be hard for him.
Overall, Green is well-deserving of a first-round pick in the upcoming draft and one that a franchise will have as a bedrock on the offensive line for a decade. He will be one of the better players to come out of this draft by showing a great combination of size, speed, and strength. In addition, with Green being the most versatile linemen in this class, it will help him transition to the NFL as teams will use him all over the line while running power and zone runs.
Rookie Projection: Starting guard
Third Year Projection: All-Pro guard
Final Grade (87.25/100): Mid First Rounder
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