Why Undrafted?: Jacoby Glenn, CB, Central Florida
By Charlie Campbell, @draftcampbell
Why Did He Go Undrafted: Jacoby Glenn
Every year in the NFL Draft there are some early-entry players who should have gone back to school for at least one more season. In 2014, there were over 100 early entry players, of whom almost half went undrafted. That lesson wasn’t learned by some, and one player who should have gone back to school but ended up not being selected in the 2015 NFL Draft was Central Florida cornerback Jacoby Glenn. The redshirt sophomore entered the 2015 NFL Draft rather than taking advantage of at least one year – of two – of eligibility to improve become leaving school.
The 6-foot, 186-pounder Glenn has some size and displayed some ball skills in 2014 with seven interceptions and 11 passes broken up. As a freshman, he recorded two picks and 15 passes broken up. The reason that Glenn went undrafted was a lack of speed. Sources said that Glenn struggled with speed in college, and they thought it would be a real issue for him in the NFL with the faster receivers. Glenn’s lack of speed was put on display at the Combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds, a very slow time for a cornerback.
Sources say that the lack of speed makes Glenn too slow to play man coverage, so he really only fits as a zone corner. Teams had him graded as a third-day late-rounder, while some had him as an undrafted free agent.
Glenn signed with the Chicago Bears after falling undrafted. It was a good choice by Glenn and his agent. The Bears didn’t select a cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft and only have one long-term starter set with second-year pro Kyle Fuller. Veteran Tim Jennings is probably down to his final couple of years in the NFL. Damontre Hurst played well for Chicago last year, but the Bears could use more young talent at corner. Glenn could compete with Hurst for the nickel and dime roles. From there, Glenn could have the opportunity to show that he can overcome his lack of speed.
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