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February 23, 2012, 6:00 amScouting the Draft: Georgia’s Cordy Glenn By JONATHAN BALES
Jonathan Bales is the founder of DallasCowboysTimes.com and will help analyze draft prospects for The Fifth Down in his Scouting the Draft preview series.
In my scouting report on Stanford guard David DeCastro, I labeled him as the best guard prospect I have seen in at least five years. His value is even greater because there will be few (if any) other interior linemen selected in the first round. The featured player of today’s scouting report, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, will most likely be the No. 2 guard on many boards.
Cordy Glenn (#71) is a mammoth offensive guard at 6-5, 348 pounds. He actually played left tackle in 2011, but at his size and with his skills, he projects as a guard in the N.F.L. He could possibly fill in at tackle in a pinch, but he’s an interior lineman through and through.
Glenn plays aggressively and with a bit of an attitude (a good thing). You can see his pure strength and aggressiveness at the 56-second and 3:36 marks in the first video below. That clip, from 2010 and with Glenn at left guard, is probably better film to study than the 2011 clips in which Glenn is at left tackle.
Because of Glenn’s impressive strength, he flourishes in tight areas. He uses this strength with an effective hand punch, warding off defenders inside. Over all, however, Glenn’s mechanics are poor. He loses leverage quite often, firing off the ball too quickly in the running game. He comes out off balance, overextending and falling to the ground (see the 1:17 mark).
Glenn’s not a natural bender and usually has a poor base. He could compensate with pure strength in college, but that won’t fly in the N.F.L., and so Glenn will need to improve his mechanics (particularly his footwork). He often finds himself too upright, such as at the 35-second mark in the video below against L.S.U. He doesn’t get beat on that play, but his stance and bend are substandard.
Glenn pulls well despite having average athleticism, but he exhibits below-average leg drive once engaged in a block at the second level. He’s really meant to overpower defenders inside.
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.
Most Likely Destinations
Detroit (#23), Pittsburgh (#24), New England (#27), Green Bay (#28), San Francisco (#30)
Previous Scouting Reports
Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU
Devon Still, DT/DE, Penn State
Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida/North Alabama
Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois