The NFL draft is a little more than two months away, meaning now is the time for mock drafts. Although such speculation is difficult due to the additional factor of trades, it's still fun to guess who the new stars will be for your favorite team.
For the Baltimore Ravens, they have a pressing need to get an offensive lineman. Out of all those prospects, Cordy Glenn from Georgia may be the best one available.
Here are five reasons why the Ravens have to get Glenn in the first or second round.
Versatility is a trait that is heavily coveted in today's offensive linemen. With the brutal fights that occur in the game's trenches, every team needs to be ready to have a backup who know the team's system. It can really help when that player is someone who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line.
Cordy Glenn is really special in the fact that he is both huge and still versatile. At 346 pounds he is best suited for a guard position. However Glenn is more experienced as a left tackle having started there for Georgia for four straight years.
Glenn has nearly every trait that anyone would want in an NFL guard. He has the ideal size, the strength and the arm length to succeed as a guard in the NFL. The fact that he can play tackle as well makes him that much more attractive to NFL teams on draft day.
Ben Grubbs has been very solid for the past five seasons as one of the Ravens' starting guards. He has only missed six games as a Raven, all of which came this year. He also got into his first Pro Bowl this year, albeit as an alternate.
Grubbs has mostly been a good team player who has stayed quiet and let his play do the talking. Yet he could get a lot of money offered from other teams, mostly just because he's from one of the best offensive lines in the league.
It could be tempting for Grubbs to take a lot of money and go, especially since he hasn't been in that position before.
If Grubbs does leave during free agency, that leaves a void at the left guard position, and right now someone like Jah Reid or Andre Gurode might have to start at guard in Grubbs' absence.
It would be a lot better to have a natural guard like Cordy Glenn come in and take over the left guard position for the next several years.
These days it's rare for a player to spend all four years in college. Many of this year's top draft prospects are juniors that are leaving college a year early without a degree.
In many ways it's a decision that makes sense since football is a violent sport where one injury could end your career, and players want the confidence of getting money for their play.
Cordy Glenn, though, was different in that he stayed all four years at Georgia. For the last three seasons, Glenn started and stayed healthy enough to play every game for the Bulldogs. Even back in his freshman season in 2008, Glenn started 10 of Georgia's 13 games.
Glenn has been consistent in his starts, and actually his 50 starts are tied for the most for an offensive lineman in school history.
The starting experience is one of those things that is invaluable for an NFL rookie since they already know the responsibility and expectations placed on a starter. This fact makes Glenn the rare rookie offensive lineman that could step in and start from Day 1.
This statement does need to be clarified because of Glenn's size. Because of the fact that he is a huge offensive lineman, Glenn is by no means fast. It's just for someone of his enormous size, he actually is able to show some speed.
His speed contributes to his downfield skills, which are arguably his best trait. Glenn is able to get to the second level quickly and erase linebackers from the play.
Although he can be late off the snap, Glenn is still rarely beaten. This is mostly due to his long and powerful arms that he can use to contain his assignment. The Ravens could use an offensive player that has this kind of speed and downfield blocking ability.
So many linemen are described as having mean streaks. Cordy Glenn does have the ability to be mean and inflict terrible pain on opposing defensive linemen, but he seemingly has this meanness under control.
Until the whistle blows, Glenn does not stop blocking. He also punishes any defensive player that gets in his way. This even includes knocking down players and making sure they stay down.
Yet despite this reputation, Glenn isn't known as a dirty player. It'll be difficult in the NFL where players have tendencies to flop and try to draw out penalties. Glenn will need to adjust to the pro game quickly to prevent the Ravens from having dumb penalties.