The Senior Bowl is often forgettable. After 5,490 bowl games in December and January, most of us have had our college football fix for one year.
It’s an interesting event. Two NFL coaching staffs coach the teams for a week. Connections are made between certain players and their coaches, and those connections hold influence come draft day.
Cordy Glenn, a guard for the majority of his collegiate career, moved to tackle for his senior season. While he impressed, it was generally believed he would move back to guard when he entered the NFL. After an excellent week at the Senior Bowl, Glenn showed talent evaluators he could play tackle in the pros.
Mike Shanahan and Leslie Frazier, the coaches at the Senior Bowl this year, could both use a tackle or two. And nobody got a closer look at Glenn than them.
Weight: 345 Pounds
Born: September 18, 1989
40-yard dash: 5.15
Vertical jump: 23 1/2 inch
Broad jump: 93 inch
3 Cone Drill: 8.13
20-yard Shuttle: 5.00
Arm length: 35 3/4 inches
Hands: 10 1/8 inches
2011: Started all 14 games at OT
2010: Started all 13 games at Left Guard
2009:Started all 13 games rotating from Right Guard to Left Tackle and finally, Left Guard
2008: Appeared in 13 games and started 10
What the experts say
Had had some struggles in space as a tackle prospect, but in tighter areas where he can get his hands on linemen quickly as a guard he showcases the ability to dominate. Looks like a starting caliber OG early in his NFL career.
One prominent scout in the NFL told me that Glenn has enough quickness to play in a zone-blocking scheme. He definitely has the power to be in man scheme. Glenn would be his most dominant if he played guard or right tackle in the NFL. After a stellar collegiate career with good tape and a big time skill set, Glenn looks like a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
You’re talking about a kid whose 6-5 3/4, and 345 pounds and his arms are like vines. He’s got 35 1/2-inch arms. When you start talking about girth and length, he’s huge. Now, some people are getting a little carried away with projections. I’m seeing him all over the place in first-round mock drafts. I don’t see that. He ran way better than he should have [at the scouting combine] for his size. But I don’t see him as a left tackle. He’s not a foot athlete. I’m not even sure I see him as a right tackle. But that’s where I have him right now. I have him as a solid second-round right tackle. However, if he can’t survive at right tackle, I think he’s got the size, girth and demeanor to be a potential All-Pro guard.”
He lacks an explosive first step — perhaps quantified by a 23.5-inch vertical jump that was third-worst at the Scouting Combine — so he will probably play inside in the NFL. He has all the strength you would expect of a man his size and then some, but somehow manages good enough footwork to be efficient much of the time as a pass blocker and can get downfield to pick off second level defenders, much to the surprise of both to scouts and the overwhelmed defenders themselves.
Glenn is, quite simply, an immovable object. He is so big and strong that he makes the defender’s task of running around him far too tough. During the one-on-one pass rush drill, he emerged victorious on nearly every rep. He consistently was able to anchor himself against bull rushers with his combination of size, strength and wide, low base. Through two days, Glenn looks like a second-round pick.
Cordy Glenn is best fit for guard in the NFL, unless he gets a tremendous amount of coaching early in his career. He lacks the technique and natural instincts to be effective in pass protection. Worth a pick late in the first round as a guard due to his raw physical tools.
OL Cordy Glenn of Georgia has been the talk of the South by a lot of scouts. He’s got the body type, strength and movement skills to quickly start in the NFL. He’s being talked about as a late-round pick with his performance the past two days. He does not back down either, and just went after Quinton Coples in drills, battling hard after the whistle had blown.
Glenn is projected to go anywhere from the early 20s to the beginning of the second round. I think you could see him drop just a bit because 1) teams still don’t value interior linemen as they should and 2) he’s a “mauler” inside, and many organizations are transitioning to smaller, quicker linemen who excel in pass protection.
The scouts stress Glenn’s proficiency in “tight areas”, leading one to believe he could start at guard right away before eventually moving to the outside. His 40-yard dash time shocked many, as a guy that huge running a 5.15 doesn’t happen every day.
Look for Glenn to be taken earlier than projected in a couple of weeks.