Dallas Cowboys Potential 2012 Draft Pick: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
A lot of you know I am (really, really) high on Stanford guard David DeCastro. Of all legitimate options for Dallas at No. 14, he’s the top guy on my list. He’ll likely be the best player available, in my opinion, and he fits a major need. On top of that, there’s a wide gap between DeCastro and the second-best interior lineman in this draft. To exemplify this gap, I wanted to take a look at a prospect many consider to be the No. 2 guard on the board–Georgia’s Cordy Glenn.
My scouting report for Cordy Glenn is posted here at the NY Times. Here’s a portion of that post:
Cordy Glenn (#71) is a mammoth offensive guard at 6-5, 348 pounds. He actually played left tackle in 2011, but at his size and with his skills, he projects as a guard in the N.F.L. He could possibly fill in at tackle in a pinch, but he’s an interior lineman through and through.
Glenn plays aggressively and with a bit of an attitude (a good thing). You can see his pure strength and aggressiveness at the 56-second and 3:36 marks in the first video below. That clip, from 2010 and with Glenn at left guard, is probably better film to study than the 2011 clips in which Glenn is at left tackle.
Because of Glenn’s impressive strength, he flourishes in tight areas. He uses this strength with an effective hand punch, warding off defenders inside. Over all, however, Glenn’s mechanics are poor. He loses leverage quite often, firing off the ball too quickly in the running game. He comes out off balance, overextending and falling to the ground (see the 1:17 mark).
For Dallas, I’m not sure Glenn really fits. One of the trends we witnessed in Dallas’ first draft under Jason Garrett last year was an emphasis on versatility, and I think we’ll see that continue. Glenn can be a force in the running game (and perhaps the team will want to try to bolster their short-yardage efficiency with a power guard), but he’s not the type of player I would label as versatile. He’s an option in the second round if he drops, but I doubt he’ll land in Big D.
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