Being a four-year starter in the SEC is impressive. Starting at three different offensive line positions during that span is the stuff that top draft prospects are made of. Georgia's Cordy Glenn started 10-of-13 games as a true freshman—including starts at both guard positions. By his senior year, Glenn was lining up at left tackle. He is a massive offensive lineman who can at least provide depth at tackle, if not hang at the coveted left tackle position in the pros.
Glenn's scouting reports show just how good he can be, but also the disagreement on his ability to play left tackle in the pros:
Extremely long arms with a rare combination of size, length and agility — has exceptional movement skill for a near-350-pounder and carries his weight very well. Can shuffle, slide and make the game look easy. Outstanding stopping power — is nearly immovable and seldom inverts. Has a strong punch and can engulf defenders when he gets his hands on them. Is very light on his feet, can pull and trap and erase linebackers. Has the sheer mass to dominate when he wants to.Negatives:
Struggles to unlock his hips (even more glaring in Combine drills) and adjust to quicker blockers who can get underneath his pads (see Boise State). Tends to play tall and does not use the power and explosion in his body. Lacks lower-body strength. Will coast on his natural talent and play down to the level of competition. Has a soft temperament and does not play with a lot of urgency or breathe fire. Is a naïve follower and lacks great work habits — not a self-starter. Weight has tended to fluctuate and balloon (though he was asked to bulk up as a senior).Summary:
Initially struggled adapting to the OLT position during the first half of senior season, but really acclimated late in the year when he returned to better playing shape and showed very well in the Senior Bowl. Can survive on the left side in the pros if he sheds some weight and drops to 330 pounds, but at worst, has proven he can be a Pro Bowl-caliber guard and has the power to play on the right side. Versatility is a big plus that could drive up his value into a top-20 pick. Is both quick and powerful and can mash in the run game and seal the edges. Ability to plug into any type of scheme will enhance his value.
Glenn looks like a Cowboys guard from the 1990s glory days: Look closely and you see Nate Newton. Put him in a simple offense and let him drive block and pass protect, and he will open holes and wear out defenders. The Cowboys can still use guards in Glenn's mold, as can the Norv Turner Chargers and vertical passing teams like the Eagles.
Slide Glenn to right tackle, and you have a mauler who will sometimes need help in pass protection. He could develop into a Jon Runyan-type at right tackle, though that may be ambitious because Runyan had better fundamentals and was a step quicker in his prime. Still, you get the general idea: lots of jarring hits, a little unnecessary roughness.
Cordy Glenn (#71) is a mammoth offensive guard at 6-5, 348 pounds. He actually played left tackle in 2011, but at his size and with his skills, he projects as a guard in the N.F.L. He could possibly fill in at tackle in a pinch, but he’s an interior lineman through and through.
With the frequency of injuries in the NFL, Cordy Glenn's ability to play four spots on the offensive line—even if he can only play tackle "in a pinch" or with some help in pass protection—will probably get him on the field early in his career, even if he doesn't have a clear home position as a rookie. With the shortage of good left tackles in the pros, he could even settle there against the better judgment of some draftniks. Glenn has the ability to be an All-Pro guard or a good starting tackle—perhaps with a stint as both at different points in his career.
There's some disagreement on the the big fella from Georgia, so you can quibble with the pick if you like. But the bottom line is that the Buffalo Bills just grabbed a four-year starter from the SEC who played multiple positions on the offensive line and did so successfully. So while the talented people-mover might not evolve into an All-Pro left tackle, it's safe to say the Bills got a steal by grabbing Glenn in the second round.
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