BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot
The second installment of Buffalo Bills Draft’s six-part Sophomore Spotlight series focuses on 2012 second-round draft selection and starting left tackle Cordy Glenn.
Selected Round 2, Pick 41 from University of Georgia
Offensive line was one area that the Bills were looking to upgrade in the 2012 NFL draft, and many felt Buffalo would select an offensive tackle in round one. However, it was in the second round of the draft that Cordy Glenn fell right into the Bills’ lap.
Glenn started 50 games over his four seasons at Georgia, which tied a team record for most starts on the offensive line with Clint Boling. In his career at Georgia, Glenn played 28 games at left guard, 18 games at left tackle and four games at right guard.
Some highlights from his scouting report at NFL Draft Scout:
- Surprisingly agile for a big man but is susceptible to speed rushes.
- Possesses long arms and is very powerful, often easily controlling his opponent.
- Naturally balanced with good lateral agility.
- Can get fundamentally lazy.
- Rare body control for a man of his size when blocking at the second level.
- Shows surprising quickness and fluidity when pulling from left guard to lead on the toss and counter.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said the following on Glenn following the pick:
“I think he’s better suited for the right side. I don’t think he’s got left-tackle feet, and he could be a Pro Bowl guard if the Bills ever decide to move him inside.”
While Glenn played LT his senior year, many draft analysts felt that Glenn was better suited to play RT or be kicked inside to guard. This may have played a part in Glenn falling into the second round.
Buffalo clearly coveted Glenn, but they too may have played a part in Glenn’s fall. General manager Buddy Nix told anyone who would listen that he saw Glenn as nothing more than an offensive guard in the league. Essentially, Nix started a rumor of sorts in the hopes that Glenn would fall. It worked.
Darrell Moody, a scout for the Bills, had this to say on Glenn:
“You know, we saw him play guard prior to this year and then this year he played left tackle. As you watched the season progress, he got better and better at left tackle. He struggled in the first ballgame against Boise State and the whole Georgia offensive line did. You could see a tremendous amount of improvement every week. He’s got tremendous size. He’s got length and he’s got good foot quickness. If there’s one thing that he needs to improve on, he’ll get impatient at times and waist-bend, but he does not do that all the time. And we’re a firm believer that if he doesn’t do it all the time we can coach and we can get him out of that habit. It’s very similar to what Marcus McNeill was when we took him at San Diego and the coaches were able to get him out of it.”
The comparison to McNeill was high praise as he developed into one of the best left tackles in the NFL before having to retire due to spinal stenosis.
Glenn entered training camp as the starting left tackle for the Bills. Nix gave Glenn his vote of confidence at camp:
“We feel pretty good about the guy we got there. He’s taken every snap since he’s been here. He lined up there from day one, and he’s been (in) every play with the ones since he stepped out of the car here. Again, that’ll all be decided in pads, but he hasn’t done anything except impress us that he can play there.”
Glenn played 13 games in his rookie season, starting all of them at left tackle. He missed Week 5-7 with an ankle injury (49ers, Cardinals and Titans), but returned following the Bills’ bye week. On the season, Glenn gave up six total sacks, five of which occurred after Week 14, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Week 2 vs. Kansas City
It may have been Glenn’s second career start, but against Kansas City, he looked nothing like a rookie.
Glenn made a key block on C.J. Spiller’s 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Spiller was able to run between Glenn and Levitre after the rookie offensive tackle blocked a Chiefs player out off to the left of the play.
Early in the second quarter, Spiller ran behind the left tackle for a five yard touchdown. Glenn’s block on Tysyn Hartman was the key to Spiller getting the touchdown.
Later in the same quarter, Spiller took a screen pass 27 yards to the Chiefs’ 2-yard line. Glenn moved quickly down the field and blocked Derrick Johnson on the play. Two plays later, the team scored a touchdown. Glenn’s blocks led to 21 points for the Bills in their 35-17 victory.
Week 15 vs. Seattle
Coming off of a poor performance against St. Louis (two sacks allowed, one quarterback hit and two quarterback hurries, per PFF), Glenn didn’t do much better against the Seahawks.
For the game, Glenn was responsible for two sacks and one quarterback hurry. He also had two penalties called against him, both false starts. Both sacks given up were to Chris Clemons, one of which resulted in a forced fumble of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Glenn hit a bit of a wall late in the season. This is not uncommon among rookies.