CHAMPAIGN (WMBD/WYZZ) — Peoria High product Kendrick Green is turning pro. The Illinois offensive lineman announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday morning, following a standout junior season where he was named a USA Today Second Team All-American and a consensus First Team All-Big Ten pick.
“It has been an honor to wear the Orange & Blue for the last four years and be a part of the Fighting Illini family. The memories we have made will last forever,” Green said in a statement. “I want to thank all my family and friends in Peoria for getting me here. Without all of their support, I would not be where I am today. Thank you to Coach Smith, the coaches, and all the staff at Illinois. They made me a better man and football player from the minute I stepped on campus. It has been nothing short of a blessing. With that being said, after discussing with my family I’d like to announce that I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”
The Peoria native played both guard and center this season, making 33 straight starts the past three seasons. Green is ranked as the No. 3 guard in the country, according to Pro Football Focus. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 315 pound NFL draft hopeful was ranked sixth in the nation at his position by Pro Football Focus.
“I thought about it after our last game against Penn State,” Green said. “I stayed up at night, I prayed about it, I talked to my family. And I felt that all the signs were pointing to taking the next step. So that’s kind of what I decided to do.”
Green is yet to sign with an agent, but is confident he will be selected by the time April’s NFL Draft comes around.
“I wouldn’t have made the jump if I wasn’t confident,” Green said. “I’m not worried about that at all. I’m just worried about working and obviously one day I want to win a Super Bowl. I want to put myself in the best position possible to take care of my family and hopefully wherever I go I win a lot of football games and yeah man, get some hardware.”