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Steelers select Illinois center/guard Kendrick Green in the third round

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The Steelers addressed the center position in the third round at 87th overall by selecting Kendrick Green out of Illinois. Green is also capable of playing guard at the next level. Green played both center and guard at Illinois, starting three games at center in 2020.

The Steelers decided to pass on Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey and selected Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth at 55th overall in the second round. They also picked Green over centers Quinn Meinerez of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Drew Dalman of Stanford.

Green isn't the biggest, but he's a quick center who excels in zone blocking and at getting up to the second level. He also plays with a mean streak.

Green started all eight games in 2020 and finished out his college career with 33 straight starts.

He was a USA Today second-team All-America selection, an Associated Press All-Big Ten first-team selection and a consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection.

Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner said on Twitter that he just got off the phone with Green and said, "Boy is already ready to work..."

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