There are several offensive linemen vying for first round selections in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft, but Georgia’s Cordy Glenn has the right size, versatility and skills to make his name stand out among the many. While he’s not predicted to make it as high as other names like Matt Kalil or even Riley Reiff, Glenn is finding himself around the middle of the first round in the latest mocks from ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
Kiper specifically has Glenn going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 21 overall, and he would join a line that could use some help with the possibility of Anthony Collins departing in free agency. He writes:
I have guard as one of the top needs for the Bengals, and if they don’t get DeCastro at this spot, Glenn isn’t much of a drop. Cincinnati will have added help in the run game next year, but it also needs to get better up front. Glenn is a guy who has also spent time at tackle, and could be moved there in a pinch, but he dominates on the inside and is surprisingly quick given his huge frame. Another good piece in an offense primed to get better.
Todd McShay has the San Diego Chargers thinking a little more of Glenn, grabbing him with the No. 18 choice. Given the state of the Chargers o-line at this point with injuries to Marcus McNeill and the retirement of Kris Dielman, that’s a solid bet:
The Chargers have a clear need at offensive tackle, and while Glenn struggled early in 2011 after moving from guard to left tackle, he came on late in the season and showed at the Senior Bowl and NFL combine that he has the tools to become a good starting right tackle in the NFL. He has a massive frame (6-foot-5, 346 pounds), plenty of power and good quickness for his size.
Both scenarios place Glenn in a position of need with a playoff caliber team. Even on the best NFL teams, offensive line remains a position of need.