The Bengals are at home, talented, healthy, and pissed. The Rams are
poorly-coached, their QB is a stiff who lost his job to Case freakin' Keenum,
their receivers are awful, their O-line is practice squad-quality, and
the only unit on their team that could be considered a strength at this
point (D-line) is banged up and lining up against a stout Cincy O-line.
The only way things could be worse is if...oh, I don't know...one of
their teammates was nearly murdered or something. What makes you think that Rams will rebound in this spot?
Overwhelms defensive linemen at the point of attack
Great athlete for such a large lineman
Powerful run blocker
Solid run-blocking technique
Mobile to hit blocks on edge, second level
Has real quickness
Long arms (35 3/4 inches)
Potential to improve his pass protection in the NFL
Impossible to bull rush
Not quick enough feet for left tackle
Struggled on the edge against speed rushers
Summary: Pound for pound, Cordy Glenn is one of the better athletes in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Glenn combines massive size with speed and strength. He put that on display at the NFL Scouting Combine. He had a superb performance with a good showing in the field drills and a fast 40-yard dash.
Glenn has been one of the best offensive linemen in the SEC the past few years. He broke into the lineup as a freshman and was a four-year starter. He played both right and left tackle as a sophomore before playing left tackle his final two seasons.
Glenn is a mountain of a man and a devastating run blocker. He blasts linemen off the line of scrimmage and can move defenders around the field with brute force. He has the quickness to get to blocks on the second level. He can take out linebackers and defensive backs downfield. Georgia has had a lot of success running behind Glenn, and he is a clutch blocker to run behind in short yardage situations. He should be an asset as a run blocker immediately in the NFL.
As a pass blocker, Glenn is too big and strong to be bull rushed. He should be a solid pass protector on the inside at guard going against defensive tackles. He also should be able to move to right tackle and handle the majority of edge rushers from the right side. Staying at left tackle would not be ideal.
The one real weakness for Glenn is his feet. They aren't quite quick enough for him to stay at left tackle in the NFL and handle speed rushers. That could be seen on a few occasions as a senior. In the first game of the season, Boise State outside linebacker/defensive end Shea McClellin beat Glenn repeatedly with speed rushes. Glenn also struggled with the speed rushers he faced in South Carolina. After Glenn was beat by Melvin Ingram on a play, Ingram was able to scoop up a loose ball to return it for a touchdown. Glenn also had issues with LSU's speed rushers and Michigan State in the Outback Bowl. The first day of the Senior Bowl was rough for him, but he rebounded to play better against some elite linemen in the rest of the practices.
One prominent scout in the NFL told me that Glenn has enough quickness to play in a zone-blocking scheme. He definitely has the power to be in man scheme. Glenn would be his most dominant if he played guard or right tackle in the NFL. After a stellar collegiate career with good tape and a big time skill set, Glenn looks like a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Player Comparison: Leonard Davis. It is tough to find a player comparable to Glenn because he is a rare athlete for such a huge blocker. Davis had struggles at tackle in the NFL with the Cardinals, but he had some good years when he played guard for the Cowboys. He made three straight Pro Bowls in 2007-2009 on the inside. Davis (6-6, 355) has similar size to Glenn. He was the second-overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Glenn also projects to being a first-rounder, but not as high as Davis.
NFL Matches: San Diego, Chicago, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh
There are a number of teams that could take Glenn in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Chargers could use help at tackle or guard, and Glenn would be in compliance with their tendency for larger linemen. The Bears could use more offensive line help. Tennessee was a potential landing spot for Glenn, but after free agency, they are probably less likely to take him.
Cincinnati could use help at guard, and Glenn would be a nice addition to their line. The Browns need a right tackle, and Glenn could improve Cleveland's right side. The Lions also need assistance at guard or tackle, so Glenn could fill one of their needs. The Steelers have a hole at guard, and Glenn would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh's smash-mouth style.