In Round 5, the Bears don’t have to look very far. They end up with a considerable value with Illinois guard Kendrick Green on the board. Being able to stay close to home, Green comes in and immediately offers the team a lot of flexibility up front.
Green is a three-year starter who switched from playing defensive line to the offensive side of the ball four years ago. All he’s done since is prove he’s not only durable, but dependable. Green has experience playing both guard and center, and may even fit better at the latter position.
He is a smart football player who uses more quickness than strength. He gets off the line in a hurry and can also get lateral with ease, walling off defenders in the run game. Green doesn’t have the desired length as a pro lineman, which is why he could be better suited as a center in the end.
The fact of the matter is, though, the Bears like them some versatile linemen. Cody Whitehair and James Daniels are similar players who have appeared at multiple positions on the interior, and landing yet one more like them would deepen the group.
If Green can add some more strength, he should be in for a lengthy career in the NFL. To make up for his lack of length, a bit more muscle is necessary. But, in many other categories, Green checks the boxes. He’ll be a fantastic pick here in the fifth for any team.