Sometimes it is tempting to become enamored with "workout warriors" at the combine. More often than not, the superlatives placed on the massive shoulders of these NFL hopefuls is a bit exaggerated as front offices and fans envision the prospects playing on Sundays.
Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens scouting department is notorious for finding talent in the draft. Rarely reaching for players, Newsome and his staff have a sixth sense when it comes to evaluating potential draft picks. For Newsome, numbers only go so far.
Still, after watching the offensive line workouts yesterday, University of Georgia's Cordy Glenn had to make Newsome smile. The versatile T/G is a colossal 6'5", 345 lbs. He has long arms and good feet. Glenn was also ran a respectable 5.15 40-yard time and put up an impressive 31 bench press reps.
Perhaps the hardest part when analyzing all of these inane statistics is determining out how they translate to the football field. The Ravens' Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta has done this exceedingly well in his tenure in Baltimore and Glenn is a guy where the "measureables" are more than just smoke and mirrors.
Although Glenn could shed a few pounds, his ability to move well even at 345 lbs. is a good sign. Similarly, many lineman with long arms are at a disadvantage on the bench press test, but Glenn displayed elite strength that will serve him well if he plays on the interior in the NFL.
Since Matt Birk will not retire, the Ravens are looking to re-sign the veteran center. This means that guard is the more immediate need for Baltimore as Ben Grubbs weighs his options. Glenn would be an important selection for Baltimore if Grubbs moves on because he would immediately fill the void left by the Pro Bowler and could eventually take over at left tackle for Bryant McKinnie.
This is Glenn's real value for the Ravens. Because he has the potential to play tackle, the Ravens could essentially get a replacement for Grubbs and a left tackle for the future in the same player.
Obviously, it is impossible to predict where players will fall in the draft and Glenn is likely to be gone by the time the Ravens pick. But Newsome and Co. have a tendency to have players fall their way (Jimmy Smith last year) and if Glenn is there, I see the Ravens GM ready to pull the trigger.
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