NFL Combine 2012: Breaking Down Cordy Glenn's Combine Performance

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn of Georgia participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Entering the NFL Scouting Combine, Georgia guard Cordy Glenn was considered by most to be a late first-round or early second-round prospect. Thanks to a sparkling combine performance, it seems as though the senior and former All-American has solidified his first-round status.

Guards generally aren't taken very high in the draft, but Glenn appears to be a special talent who is deserving of an early pick. There is no shortage of teams in need of some offensive line help late in the first round, and the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 24 look like a logical fit at this point.

Here is a breakdown of Glenn's impressive outing at the combine on Saturday.


Glenn measured in bigger than expected across the board, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you spin it. At 6'5" and 345 pounds, Glenn is an absolute monster who should be able to handle big defensive tackles on the next level. On top of that, his arm length came to nearly 36 inches, meaning he will be able to get great extension when blocking as well.

At the same time, since Glenn is such a big man, there could be some concern about his athleticism and stamina. Glenn answered the questions about his athletic ability later in the combine, but it remains to be seen if he can compete at a high level over the course of an entire NFL game.

When it comes down to it, though, bigger is usually better for an offensive lineman and because Glenn is still extremely agile, the extra weight should be viewed as a positive.

40-Yard Dash

The 40-yard dash may not be overly important for offensive linemen since they aren't often going to be sprinting 40 yards down the field, but it says a lot about their athleticism. Despite his size, Glenn somehow managed to run a 5.15-second 40, which was the sixth-fastest among all offensive linemen. If nothing else, Glenn's performance in the 40 eliminated any need to worry about his weight.

It's already known that Glenn is a solid stationary pass and run blocker, but there were some questions regarding his ability to get out in space. There are plenty of offenses in the NFL that like utilizing pulling guards on sweep plays. Glenn proved that he has the speed to get in front of running backs, while maintaining the power to roll through defensive players. His 40 time came as a bit of a surprise and it certainly helped his stock.

Bench Press

The bench press is one of the most important drills for offensive linemen, as their job essentially involves going head to head with an offensive lineman with the stronger man coming out on top. While Glenn didn't put up an elite number of reps on Saturday, he more than held his own as he finished tied for eighth among offensive linemen with 31 reps. That left him only one rep behind third place and three behind second.

It tends to be tougher for linemen with long arms to excel in the bench press since the bar has a longer way to go up and come down. Glenn has some of the longest arms in the draft, but it didn't seem to hamper him at all.

Some offensive linemen showed strength, while others showed athleticism at the combine. Few displayed both, but Glenn was one prospect who did.


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