Buffalo Bills: Grading the Team's Second Round of 2012 NFL Draft

Josh CembellinCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

Photo courtesy of CBSSports.com
Photo courtesy of CBSSports.com

On day two of the 2012 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills stuck to business and selected Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn.

A big, athletic mover who can play multiple positions, Glenn will be an immediate asset to the Bills’ line and will establish quality depth.

Glenn has tremendous length at 6’6”, 345 pounds with 35.75”, “vine-line” arms, according to Rotoworld.com. He also has surprising agility for a man of his size, showing the lateral quickness necessary for blindside protectors to extend outside.

While he’s been productive at tackle throughout college, Glenn was even more productive playing inside at guard. He uses his athleticism and strength to aggressively move defenders off the line, and he has consistently demonstrated the football intelligence to play multiple positions.

In fact, Glenn tied a school record at Georgia with 50 starts, including 28 at left guard, 18 at left tackle and four at right guard, according to CBS Sports.

Enough can’t be said about how good Buffalo’s first two picks have been. In Round 1, the Bills landed one of this year’s top cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore, who seems like a sure thing to improve the secondary.

Then, in Round 2, they snatched up an offensive tackle who they actually considered taking in Round 1.

It was widely rumored, such as via Rotoworld.com, that Glenn was a favorite of Bills GM Buddy Nix. He’s from the SEC, he’s been compared to left tackle Marcus McNeill (whom Nix drafted in San Diego) and he has the size and athleticism the team is looking for in left tackles.

There are several reasons why Glenn was projected to be a first-rounder in many circles. He handled top competition consistently in the SEC and understands the nuances of the game. On the field, he has the kind of girth the Bills are looking for. Off the field, he simply sounds like a great, hard-working kid.

So where will he fit on the offensive line?

The Bills may not even know the answer to that just yet. It’s assumed they’ll try him at left tackle to begin with and allow him to compete with second-year starter Chris Hairston. And if he seems like a better fit elsewhere, he has the versatility to move around.

And for an offensive line that lacked depth last year and struggled with injuries, that is exactly why the addition of Glenn is so valuable.

Overall, another smart pick for the Bills. They needed a left tackle, and they went out and got one of the top-rated tackles on their board. Glenn has not just good length for a left tackle, but ideal length. With long arms, a big frame and impressive agility, he could be quite a steal for Buffalo if he can translate his skills to the NFL.

Looking ahead, Buffalo will likely address linebacker, wide receiver or perhaps even quarterback with their next pick. They could also double-down on cornerback or offensive line.

Either way, the Bills stuck to business in Round 2. They even earned the praise of Adam Schefter, who said this on Twitter: “With Georgia OL Cordy Glenn, Buffalo building quite the impressive roster.”