The most underrated aspect of the NFL draft is how a prospect fits with their new team. Not every player succeeds in the same situations. In the case of Mike Glennon, he would be best off landing with a team that has an entrenched veteran starter.
Most of the time, projections are made based purely on need, which correlates to the quickest path to playing time. But for prospects like Glennon, who isn't prepared to thrive at the next level yet, being thrown into the fire early in their career could actually have a negative impact.
The North Carolina State product has generated some buzz throughout the draft process because of his size. At 6'7'', he can stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes. Overall, however, he's still a raw prospect that needs time to mature.
Brock Osweiler is an example that comes to mind from last season. Like Glennon, he was a prospect with ideal size and promising potential, but stepping right into an NFL starting lineup would have been a lot to ask of him.
Instead, the Denver Broncos drafted him near the end of the second round. It allows him to play behind one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history, Peyton Manning, and gives him time to develop.
The amount of information a player should be able to soak up after spending one season working alongside a perfectionist like Manning is enormous. Once Osweiler gets his chance, whether it be with the Broncos or another team down the road, that learning experience will come in handy.
Heading into Day 2, the same will hold true for Glennon. Sure, he could go to the New York Jets or the Jacksonville Jaguars, where the starting spot could be there for the taking within the first few weeks of the season.
There's a good chance he would quickly assume that role and, while playing alongside a weak supporting cast, likely struggle to adapt.
Blaine Gabbert learned that in 2011 and never reached his peak. Now, his future is up in the air despite never being given time to truly prove himself. It amounted to a no-win situation.
Should Glennon land with a team that already has a starter, it will minimize the chances of that happening to him. A team like the Atlanta Falcons would be an ideal fit. They don't have many glaring needs, meaning they could afford a luxury pick, and Matt Ryan is locked into the top spot.
Glennon can learn from Ryan, further develop as a passer and eventually become a valuable asset for the Falcons. Then they would have the option to trade him for a higher pick should the path to playing time remain blocked down the line.
Although Glennon definitely possesses upside, it's going to take some time for him to fully realize it at the next level. Where he lands will ultimately decide if he receives the necessary time to grow under center.
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