Kendrick Green is heading to the next level.
One of the nation’s best offensive lineman announced Tuesday that he will enter the NFL Draft.
Green was a 2020 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.”
Green switched from the defensive side of the ball after his freshman season in 2017, and started 33 games over the past four years.
He joins Jake Hansen and Josh Imatorbhebhe as guys forgoing an extra season to head to the draft. And if anyone is going to be drafted, it’s going to be Green.