NY Giants 7-round mock draft: Can Dave Gettleman finishes off playoff roster?
Round 3 (76th Overall): Kendrick Green, OL, Illinois
The Giants continue their youth movement along their offensive line, addressing the position with the day two selection of Illinois’ guard, Kendrick Green.
Green split time at both guard and center while playing for Lovie Smith at Illinois, and he excelled while doing so. He became Pro Football Focus’ sixth-highest ranked guard in the nation, playing at an above-average level while earning a run-blocking grade of 92.3 from PFF.
Explosive, athletic and improving every season of his college career, Green would be a worthy replacement for former Giants’ lineman, Kevin Zeitler. At the least, the team would have a group of young, talented guards if they added the former Fighting Illini to a group that already includes Hernandez and Shane Lemeiux.
In his first season with the team, new offensive line coach Rob Sale would be faced with the task of turning a group of young, hungry offensive lineman into a formidable five. Drafting Green would give him another weapon in his arsenal to choose from.