WCIA — Former Illinois guard Kendrick Green was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 87th overall in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday night, making him the highest drafted Illini player since Dawuane Smoot in 2017.
Green entered the draft after being named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2020. He was also named a USA Today Second Team All-American. Going into the draft, Green received an NFL Combine invite and was ranked as the sixth-best guard available, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Peoria native stayed in-state and was redshirted his first season with the Illini. Green went on to make 33 straight starts on the Illinois offensive line. He is just the third Illinois player drafted since 2016.