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Prospect Watch: Cordy Glenn

Written by Dan Gigler on .

An occasional look at potential 2012 NFL Draft picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Previous installments featured Memphis DT Dontari Poe and Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu. This week: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn ...

Steelers fans: tired of seeing this?

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Or this?

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Or this?

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Or this?

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Then you'll want to see this in your future:

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That mountain of a human being wearing No. 71 for the Georgia Bulldogs is young Cordy Glenn, a 6'5", 345-pound guard/tackle from Riverdale, Georgia.

The Steelers are still woefully thin at the positions most crucial to preventing the franchise quarterback from becoming the franchise quarterback who takes his meals through a straw. Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert and Willie Colon are the only penciled in starters at this point, and a highly rated pick at guard could conceivably challenge for a starting position in 2012.

Glenn is widely regarded as the second-best guard prospect in the draft behind Stanford's David DeCastro (a consensus top-15 pick). Prior to the combine, nearly every mock draft out there had the Steelers taking either Memphis noseman Dontari Poe or Glenn with the No. 24 pick in the first round.

Since then, Poe absolutely killed it in Indianapolis and is now a potential top-10 pick. Glenn likewise had an excellent showing, and has crept up a number of draftniks boards with the Chargers a potential suitor at no. 18 as well as the Browns at no. 22 and Detroit at no. 23. Still, some have him ending up in Pittsburgh.

Here's the book -- well, excerpts from the book -- on Glenn from national experts:

  • Tony Pauline, Sports Illustrated: "Glenn started his combine by completing 31 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press, a terrific result for a lineman with arms in excess of 35 inches. Glenn displayed surprising athleticism as he ran just under five seconds during his first attempt of the 40 (4.99 hand timed). He later looked outstanding in drills, displaying quick footwork, power and solid fundamentals ..."
  • New York Times Fifth Down blog: "... an interior lineman through and through ... Glenn plays aggressively and with a bit of an attitude (a good thing) ... impressive strength, he flourishes in tight areas ... mechanics are poor ... loses leverage quite often ... 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."
  • Yahoo! Shutdown Corner blog: "... Of his 49 college starts, he played 28 at left guard, 17 at left tackle, and four at right guard ... stuck his own flag in the turf by running an unoffocial 4.96 40-yard dash (5.15 official) ... 40 time is especially impressive given Glenn's weight ... this is no big fatty ... good dimensions from head to toe ... After a quality performance at the Senior Bowl, Glenn may have alleviated enough concerns to add his name to the top 20 overall as a draft prospect ... Even more intriguing was Glenn's 1.76-second 10-yard split, a far better indicator of speed off the snap for offensive linemen ..."
  • National Football Post: " ... Impression: 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."
  • CBS Sports: "Pass blocking: Surprisingly agile for a big man but is susceptible to speed rushes which likely will force him back inside ... Possesses long arms and is very powerful, often easily controlling his opponent. Naturally balanced with good lateral agility to mirror the defender ... Run blocking: Excellent size and strength as a drive blocker. Can get fundamentally lazy, at times, playing too high and/or being a beat late off the snap. ... Powerful. Can knock defenders off the ball, providing impressive pancake blocks against even talented opponents ... Good, powerful initial shove to the defensive tackle and gets to the second level with good quickness ..." 
  • Georgia bio

Clips of Glenn. First, in 2010, when he played guard all-season for Georgia:

vs. Florida in 2010:

And here in 2011 at left tackle, vs. LSU and Boise St. respectively:

Red flag on the young man -- by his own admission, he once fell for the old "snipe hunting" gag. Oldest trick in the book! But he does like "Goodfellas," so that's cool:

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