Cordy Glenn considered a jump to the NFL a little more than a year ago after his junior season at Georgia, but if the offensive lineman turned pro then, it‚Äôs unlikely he would have a chance for a night like tonight.
After a senior season starting at left tackle, the former offensive guard is expected to be selected in the first round of the draft in New York.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm always thankful when those guys come back and it looks like they improved their draft status,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said this week. ‚ÄúMost of them do. It‚Äôs rare that you don‚Äôt improve your status, but we talked to Cordy about playing tackle. I think the fact that he played tackle in our league let people see his versatility. I think some still see him as a guard, but a lot of people know he can play that tackle position. I think he added value because of that.‚Äù
Glenn is among more than 25 top draft prospects in the Big Apple for the draft. He‚Äôs been projected as a first-round pick by most analysts, but where he will land is all over the map.
Russ Lande of Sporting News has Buffalo taking Glenn with the 10th overall pick. Sports Illustrated‚Äôs Peter King did not put Glenn in his first-round mock draft last week but wrote online on Monday that Glenn ‚Äúis a favorite of Arizona at 13.‚Äù ESPN‚Äôs Mel Kiper pegs Glenn at No. 17, going to Cincinnati. Todd McShay of ESPN puts Glenn at No. 22 to Cleveland. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network projects Glenn at No. 24 to Pittsburgh.
The 6-foot-6, 341-pound Glenn, out of Riverdale High School in Clayton County, has his sights set on going in the first round.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs my goal,‚Äù Glenn said. ‚ÄúI want to be the best, so obviously you want to go in the first round. That‚Äôs when I‚Äôm striving for.‚Äù
Another offensive lineman from Georgia, center Ben Jones, is expected to go as early as the third round. Offensive tackle Justin Anderson could be a late-round pick.
Glenn started 50 games at Georgia and is tied with Clint Boling for the most by an offensive lineman. He moved from left guard to left tackle after his junior season.
‚ÄúFor us a guy with that size and that type of foot athlete, you try him out at tackle,‚Äù Buffalo assistant general manager and director of player personnel Doug Whaley recently told reporters. ‚ÄúWe believe he‚Äôs got a chance to play there and produce there at a high level.‚Äù
Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta told reporters: ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs played some tackle, he‚Äôs played some guard. He‚Äôs a swing guy. He‚Äôs played some left tackle, left guard, right tackle, right guard ‚Äì has some versatility.‚Äù
Mayock views Glenn as either a right tackle or a guard.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a massive and very talented player,‚Äù Mayock said. ‚ÄúI think a lot of people think that Glenn can actually live on the outside and won‚Äôt have to go inside.‚Äù
Glenn thinks he‚Äôs a fit at either tackle or guard.
‚ÄúI think I‚Äôm pretty versatile at both of them,‚Äù Glenn said. ‚ÄúHonestly, I think that‚Äôs good for me to be able to play both of them and be comfortable and confident at both of them.‚Äù
Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly said Glenn has the physical traits to play left tackle.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot worse playing in the league right now,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúHe can come in and be among the most physically gifted in the league. I think he‚Äôd be better as a guard, personally, but there‚Äôs a good chance he‚Äôll get drafted as tackle.‚Äù
McShay said Glenn is ‚Äúnot as nasty as you‚Äôd like to see, and every once in a while he leans on guys and that turned off a lot of scouts. But he can move a lot better than people give him credit for.‚Äù
McShay called Glenn ‚Äúhorrific,‚Äù in the first game of last season against Boise State at left tackle but said he got better. Now he‚Äôs likely to hear his name called tonight in prime time.
‚ÄúIt shows you how much he worked at it,‚Äù McShay said, ‚Äúand how good he can get.‚Äù