Cordy Glenn #71 Guard, Georgia. 6'5" 348 lbs.
Everyone knows that Baltimore will be drafting an offensive lineman. The question is, Who and in what round?
If the Ravens choose to find someone to fill the shoes of Ben Grubbs, assuming they lose him in free agency, Cordy Glenn may be just the guy. Projected as a late first round pick, it's Glenn's versatility that caught my attention. His primary position is left guard just like Grubbs but Glenn has had experience all over the line including some time at tackle.
This type of versatility is just what the Ravens look for in their players. Similar to Marshal Yanda, Glenn could be moved around the line if there were injuries to other linemen. Having two guards capable of playing multiple positions would be quite the luxury for a perennial playoff team like the Ravens.
Glenn may even be a viable option at center if that is where the team needs him most. If you know John Harbaugh you know that versatility is key. It can get you a long way on a Harbaugh coached team...
Here is the scouting report on Cordy Glenn from drafttek.com:
Cordy Glenn has started 36 games at left guard, right guard and left tackle, but tops that versatility with surprising athleticism for a man his size. However, at his size, he may struggle with the speed rushers of the NFL and may project better as a right tackle or guard.
As a pass-blocker, Glenn is smooth out of his stance and waits for the defender to come to him. He easily controls his college opponents with his long arms and exhibits good balance and lateral agility to mirror the defender. Opponents can rarely get past him and has an excellent anchor so bull rushes are futile. Glenn can get a bit lazy with his hand placement, making him vulnerable to swim moves.
Glenn utilizes his size and strength as a drive blocker in the running game, as long as he stays with his fundamentals and not play too high or being late off the snap. Although he can miss with his initial punch and fail to push back his target, more often then not, he shows good hand placement and the leg drive to clear a hole. Glenn gets to the second level with good quickness, demonstrating ability to adjust his path to locate and attack his target. Exhibits quickness and fluidity when pulling from left guard to lead on the toss and counter.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Mike Iupati
- Great utilization of size/mass and long arms
- Powerful run blocker, gets to the second level well
- Versatile player, having played both guard and tackle
- Good footwork for a man his size, as he has played left tackle in college
- Struggles with speed rushers, may be relegated to ROT or OG at next level - Can get lazy with technique, as he overpowers college competition - Needs to improve hand placement after initial punch - Inconsistent on initial drive off the ball (quickness)