Glenn Carson NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

September 15, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Glenn Carson (40) defends the Navy Midshipmen offense in the second half at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Navy, 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports
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Glenn Carson, ILB, Penn State (HT: 6’3” WT: 244 lbs)



NFL Comparison: A.J. Hawk, ILB, Green Bay Packers


  • Checks boxes on size, length and build. 
  • Fine positional awareness and general instincts. 
  • Plays with his head on a swivel and locates route runners very quickly in zone coverage. 
  • Does a fine job playing the ball without interfering, utilizes positioning in coverage. 
  • Makes a number of clean-up tackles through high effort and a relentless style in pursuit. 
  • Sound tackler with sufficient power and consistent technique to wrap and drive. 
  • Emotional leader who comes from a fantastic program pedigree. 
  • Never missed a collegiate game, proven durability.



  • Not a spectacular player or even an NFL starter in any specific aspect of his game. 
  • Too reactive a linebacker who doesn’t attack with a sense of aggression. 
  • Not a smooth mover at all, is a bit of a plodder and is an awkward mover. 
  • Doesn’t get to top speed quickly in pursuit, little acceleration. 
  • Leaves plays on the field due to lack of closing speed in the open field. 
  • Was asked to do very little in pass coverage at Penn State. 
  • Takes too many unproductive steps in coverage that don’t cover enough ground. 
  • Minimal impact as a rusher due to lack of athletic ability and is not a natural rusher in terms of moves and flexibility. 
  • Made very few plays in the backfield at Penn State. 
  • Slow to react to misdirection or runs to the perimeter, much more comfortable playing north and south. 
  • Takes false steps, loses positioning regularly in his run fits. 
  • Not overly comfortable moving laterally to slide over the top as a run defender. 
  • Poor usage of hands to give himself space and play off blocks in a timely manner. 
  • Doesn’t work through congested spaces very well as a box linebacker. 
  • Poor short-area quickness to elude blockers. 
  • Lacks strength to overpower or regularly hold his own when taking on blocks.
Collegiate Statistics
2011Penn St741.5020
2012Penn St853103
2013Penn St904103


Personal Notes

  • A 4-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2009, 13th-ranked inside linebacker by Rivals
  • Multiple All-Big Ten Academic honors. 
  • 2013 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten.


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Glenn Carson is the next in a line of Penn State linebacker prospects, following in the footsteps of a number of Nittany Lions who have made their mark in the NFL. Unfortunately, Carson doesn’t measure up to the likes of Michael Mauti or Gerald Hodges, much less Sean Lee or NaVorro Bowman.

Athleticism, strength, discipline and third-down ability all leave too much to be desired. Carson looks more like a camp body than a viable draft pick.

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA