As previously pointed out, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made a conscience effort over the last two seasons to improve their offensive line with the first-round selection in 2010 of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey and their second-round selection in 2011 of Marcus Gilbert.
The Steelers now go into the 2012 NFL Draft with an improved offensive line, but nowhere near as good as it should be.
After the release of Chris Kemoeatu, the Steelers are in need of starting guards at both the right and left side of the offensive line, and they may choose to address one of those positions in the first round with Cordy Glenn.
Though a lot of mock drafts have Glenn gone before the Steelers pick at 24, there is no way to say what is actually going to happen on draft day. For starters, the Steelers may decide to trade up if they want a player bad enough. Or they may not have to if teams that have other needs choose to trade ahead of the Steelers with a team (Cincinnati Bengals or Cleveland Browns) that would possibly take Glenn.
Looking at Glenn, the Steelers would have some of the key factors they look for in an offensive lineman. For starters, Glenn is 6'5 and 345 pounds. Glenn may be better suited to play the tackle position, but he has also shown that he is better than average at guard. And when it comes to the Steelers, versatility is one of the most important components.
When playing for the Steelers—especially at guard—one of the things a player is going to be asked to do is to move. Alan Faneca changed the guard position with the Steelers by being one of the best pulling guards to ever play in the NFL.
Though Glenn may not have Faneca-type speed, he certainly has enough to pull inside and be disruptive against a defense.
When looking at most offensive linemen, you would point to their strength in either the run game or the pass game. Glenn was above average at both. With the Steelers new offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, a player like Glenn would be solid regardless of the way the Steelers need to use him.
At one of the most important positions of need in this draft, if Glenn is available when the Steelers are on the clock, don't be shocked at all if you hear his name called. If by chance the Steelers decide to trade up in the first round, Glenn may be one of the only players the Steelers are considering.
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