Now consider pro football as a league conducted by how well the signal-caller orchestrates. Well, that will simply prevent the lack of top-heavy depth at the position from having a drastic impact on his stock.
The lack of a market for free-agent QBs also played to the favor of this year's quarterback draft class. So, Glennon's stock—worst-case scenario—remains stagnant.
We can get a sense of where he'll project to be drafted after breaking down his game.
In short, Glennon has the potential to develop into a top pro football quarterback.
The arm strength is there to make every type of NFL throw. On the flip side, he tends to rely on it more often than not. Whether it's forcing the ball into deep coverage or throwing off his back foot when pressured, Glennon must rid his toolbox of this tendency.
That said, with the strength to dart the rock around, Glennon at times displays solid accuracy from the pocket and when on the move. Although he connects more often than not, Glennon does have issues with inconsistency.
Polishing up his mechanics will help quicken his development. The footwork he demonstrates when dropping back and surveying is solid, as is the confident release once he's made a decision on where to go with the ball.
Having said that, his release could stand to be quicker, especially since NFL defenses will embarrass quarterbacks who telegraph their passes.
The guy possesses much better mobility than given credit for.
For a quarterback his size, Glennon's ability to roll out or step up into the pocket deserves recognition. If anything, his agility in escaping pressure bodes nicely for a quarterback with the arm strength to keep plays alive and make something out of nothing.
Even more marketable is how well Glennon sets up from under center.
Glennon's mechanics don't appear to alter much whether he's taking snaps from the shotgun or from under center. This is what you want in a young quarterback, and especially one of Glennon's size. Having that versatility helps expand the playbook, because a quarterback that's restricted to comfort under center or only in the shotgun limits the play-calling.
For the most part Glennon's overall awareness is reliable.
He doesn't spend time overanalyzing every snap, so in terms of pre-snap reads he has an idea of where to go with the rock. Still, he could work on varying the tempos and rhythms of his pre-snap reads since that will prevent defenses from picking up any tendencies.
The guy takes what the defense gives. This isn't always a bad thing, since it minimizes turnovers and gives receivers the opportunities to make plays after the catch.
Glennon needs to show more confidence when attacking defenses downfield. There are occasions when he struggles under duress and tries to force throws. Well, that nearly cost North Carolina State against Florida State more than once.
At times, his pocket awareness is exceptional, but when the pocket collapses Glennon must be more consistent with his decision-making and either take a sack or just throw the ball away. Failing to do so will result in an abundance of turnovers and missed opportunities.
By the Numbers
Combining the 2011 and 2012 seasons Glennon threw for 7,085 yards and tossed 62 touchdowns.
With the good, though, came the bad: 29 interceptions and only a 60.5 completion percentage during the same span.
Summary and Projected Pick
When do you think Mike Glennon will get selected?
Glennon has to get more consistent at recognizing and then taking advantage of downfield opportunities.
His ability to siphon off of zones underneath will only go so far, because defenses will simply play Cover 1 press on the edge. In turn, that lets the linebackers blitz more, which takes pressure off the safeties.
But when Glennon finds a rhythm, the coverage better watch out. He's shown the ability to laser the ball against man-to-man, hitting his outside receivers' back shoulder or hip despite tight coverage.
Provided some consistency emerges in his decision-making and ability to read defense, Glennon could make an impact as a rookie. Plus, the mechanics are already there, so he as a solid base from which to develop
Projection: Round 3, No. 72 overall, New York Jets
The Jets need a long-term solution under center, but reaching for a quarterback in Round 1 is not the answer. Unless Geno Smith is available, don't expect another quarterback going off the board on Thursday.
As for New York's situation, Mark Sanchez is not the answer and David Garrard is 35 years old. In addition, the Jets have been trying to split with Tim Tebow since December, according to Manish Mehta and Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
So, Glennon helps fill a long-term need and isn't a risk in Round 3.