Between 2013-2016, the Texas A&M Aggies had an offensive lineman selected in the first round of the draft every year. Since then, however, only three players from the position have heard their name called. In the 2022 NFL Draft, offensive guard Kenyon Green should restore the Aggies’ reputation as a breeding ground for first-round talent. Green’s early scouting report details why he may well be the most dominant offensive lineman in college football this season.
Kenyon Green NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Offensive Guard
- School: Texas A&M
- Current Year: Junior
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 325 pounds
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Kenyon Green Scouting Report
Typically with scouting reports, I start with a player’s most impressive attribute, but with Green, it’s difficult to know where to start. There genuinely are that many remarkable elements to the Texas A&M guard’s game. So, let’s work through from lining up to putting a man down in the ground.
Green has an excellent stance. He lines up noticeably lower than his teammates, sinking his behind at the line of scrimmage. Green routinely proves the adage that the low man wins in the trenches, and it all begins with his stance. Additionally, he consistently plays with low pad level, allowing him to get up and under his opposition, manipulating them with handwork, leverage, and strength.
Green explodes out of his stance with athleticism and violence. He quickly gets his hands on his opponent, displaying a violent, strong, initial punch.
The explosion and overall play speed for a player weighing 325 pounds are impressive. This allows him to be a force in the ground game in multiple ways. Green gets out to the second level with ease. Moreover, he moves well across the formation as a pulling guard, meeting his opponent with violence that routinely ends in a victory.
Green combines intelligence, toughness, and power
He carries his frame exceptionally well as there appears to be no bad weight within his 325 pounds.
Although Green excels in the ground game, he has the tools to be an incredible pass protector. His footwork is excellent, allowing him to get into his pass sets efficiently. Additionally, his footwork and overall athleticism combined with hand placement will enable him to neutralize counter moves effectively.
Green displays exceptional power and a ridiculous anchor. Once he’s set, it’s rare to see the Texas A&M guard moved anywhere close to his quarterback.
Finally, Green exudes football intelligence and competitive toughness. He routinely has his head on a swivel, looking for work and picking up unblocked pass rushers. The Aggie plays with aggression and violence, looking to finish his man every time.
Areas for improvement
At this time, it isn’t easy to pick many holes in Green’s game. However, there are some areas for improvement observed while compiling his scouting report.
Sometimes the Texas A&M guard’s aggression can lead to him lunging at the opposition. As a result, with his weight too far forward, there are examples of him losing balance and hitting the ground. This is more apparent as he attempts to work vertically.
As impressive as Green’s ability is to use athleticism to get out to the next level, he needs to ensure that he is consistently sealing off his opposition when he gets there. Ensuring the correct use of angles will help to spring even more significant run gains.
Green’s Player Profile
Green has been primed for greatness from a young age. His father, Henry, was a guard at Grambling State, and his father passed down his expertise as Kenyon grew up in Humble, Texas. Despite his father’s roots on the offensive line, Green started his high school career playing defensive line as a freshman at Atascocita High School. Yet, his size and unique athletic ability prompted his coaches to suggest a position change.
Resistant at first, Green dutifully accepted the role change and soon emerged as a stellar talent at offensive tackle. By the end of his sophomore season, he was widely regarded as one of the best offensive linemen in the nation. 247 Sports listed him as a five-star prospect, the third-best offensive tackle in the country, and the No. 1 player in Texas.
Green opts to stay at home with Texas A&M
Green made an early commitment to LSU as a young man overwhelmed by the attention that comes with being such a highly regarded recruit. Eventually, he would walk back his commitment, allowing time to make a more informed decision.
After another dominant season in the high-powered Atascocita defense as a junior, he narrowed his choices down to five. Although Texas, LSU, and Alabama warranted consideration, one team — and one man in particular — made a significant impact on the young offensive lineman.
Before his senior season, Green announced his commitment to Texas A&M. In interviews at the time, he cited his strong bond with offensive line coach Jim Turner. Furthermore, Green stated, “I like the new offense they run. I could see myself in that for sure.”
With his recruitment wrapped up, Green could focus on his senior season. The dominant offensive lineman wrapped up his time at Atascocita in award-winning style. He was named an Under Armour and Army All-American, the Houston Area UIL Offensive Player of the Year, and earned first-team honors from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Green’s career at Texas A&M
Despite being the leader for his signature for the longest time, Green was a major recruiting coup for the Aggies. They hadn’t secured a five-star commitment since 2015. Furthermore, they’d failed to land the No. 1 prospect in Texas since 2014. As a result, there was a sense of expectation for the young offensive lineman. Green delivered in style.
Although he’d played offensive tackle for Atascocita, he made the switch inside for Texas A&M. Following his debut against Texas State, Green started every game of his true freshman season at right guard. He helped carve open running lanes, allowing the Aggies to have several games with multiple 100+ yard rushers, including in his first game.
Green’s performances at guard for Texas A&M earned him both internal and external attention. Upon the conclusion season, he was named the team’s Offensive Top Newcomer. Additionally, he was recognized with a place on the SEC All-Freshman team.
Green establishes himself as one of college football’s top offensive linemen
Having displayed versatility to switch from tackle to right guard seamlessly, Texas A&M moved Green along the formation to left guard for the 2020 college football season. He once again started every game as the Aggies mounted a challenge for the College Football Playoffs behind strong offensive line play.
Exhibiting incredible development from the previous season, the Aggies led the SEC in sacks allowed, tackles for loss allowed, and rushing yards per carry. The unit went four consecutive games — from Alabama to Arkansas — without giving up a single sack. Having allowed 2.61 sacks per game in 2019, Texas A&M allowed just 0.7 per game in 2020, led by their sophomore guard.
The unit received national recognition as a finalist for the prestigious Joe Moore Award. Meanwhile, Green drew individual praise. The Texas A&M guard was a consensus All-American, a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy, and earned second-team All-SEC honors.
During his first two seasons in College Station, Green has established himself as one of the most dominant guards in the nation. In the upcoming college football campaign, he will transition to play left tackle in what should ultimately be his final season of college football before heading to the NFL.
At worst, the move will highlight his versatility. At best, it could make Green undeniably one of the best prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.