2012 NFL Mock Draft: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn in High Demand in the AFC North
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Rivalry in the AFC North continues long after the final game of the season has played. There is, of course, the constant rivalry and trash-talking between the four teams' respective fan bases and players in the offseason, something that will never die.
But what about draft-day rivalry? All four teams in the AFC North have similar first-round draft targets this year, but none is more coveted than Georgia Bulldog offensive lineman Cordy Glenn.
Indeed, Glenn's name has been associated with at least half of the teams in this year's draft, with his strong Scouting Combine showing only adding to the buzz around him.
Maybe the Cleveland Browns could grab him with their No. 22 first round pick; the Pittsburgh Steelers have been connected with him for the past month, even more so now that they've released guard Chris Kemoeatu.
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The Baltimore Ravens certainly have needs on their offensive line, and Glenn's versatility could make him an ideal fit, and ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. projects Glenn to go to the Cincinnati Bengals at 21st overall in his latest mock draft (ESPN Insider account required).
Quality first-round offensive line talent is always hard to come by, but it's not common that all four teams in the same division could make serious use of the same guy.
Glenn lined up at left tackle in his senior season in Georgia, but played guard in his sophomore and junior and even showed off some of his skills at the position at this year's Senior Bowl. His 50 starts as a Bulldog ties a school record for offensive linemen, which shows not only durability but also his high level of skill.
So clearly, no matter what position on the O-line he's asked to play, chances are Glenn can do so and excel in his first season as a pro.
For the Browns, Glenn would likely wind up as a right tackle, bringing his youth and talent to a position that has seen a rotating cast of ineffective veterans in recent seasons. For Pittsburgh, Glenn would play left guard, where Kemoeatu was lined up.
In Baltimore, Glenn could either take over at left guard should Ben Grubbs walk in free agency or at left tackle if Bryant McKinnie does not return, and in Cincinnati, Kiper's pick, Glenn would likely be used at guard to help the team's running game.
With a player as versatile and in such high demand as Glenn, it's not far-fetched to think that he'll be off the board by the time all four teams' first-round picks in the 20s come around.
Where do you think Cordy Glenn will land in next month's draft?
The Browns, at 22, I think are more likely to grab him than are the Bengals, who pick 21st, but Cleveland may end up moving that pick in a trade up to grab quarterback Robert Griffin III or down to acquire more picks in later rounds.
Pittsburgh, picking 24th, would be a great landing spot for Glenn, but they might have their sights set on defense; however, should Glenn still be available, he'll likely be the best available player and fills a major need, so it's reasonable to think they'd make that move.
The Ravens pick 29th, and it's hard to imagine Glenn still being on the board by then, but if Baltimore really wants him, they may be able to leapfrog up a few spots.
Ultimately, it seems like either the Browns or Bengals have the best chance to draft Glenn—the Bengals especially if they use their No. 17 pick on him. Though he'd be a great fit for both the Ravens and Steelers, I just don't see him sitting undrafted by the time either of those two teams pick.
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