Glenn was a highly touted prep prospect who stepped into the starting lineup early after redshirting in 2007. While appearing in 13 games, he started ten times; seven games at left guard and three games on the right side.
Glenn's ability to play multiple positions was tested even more in 2009 as injuries to teammates forced the Bulldogs to move Glenn from right guard in the season-opener against Oklahoma State to left tackle for four games and back to left guard for the final eight contests.
Glenn enjoyed his finest season to date as a junior, starting all 13 games at left guard. Glenn explored his NFL options following the 2010 season, but elected to return for his senior campaign with the hope of seeing time at left tackle and recognizing that the 2011 crop of offensive linemen was a solid group.
Glenn has practiced at left tackle in the spring and is expected to remain at the position throughout his senior campaign. At his size, he may struggle with the speed rushers of the SEC and, as such, may project better as a right tackle or back at guard in the NFL.
The value placed on left tackles certainly makes his movement there a gamble worth watching. Should he struggle there, however, scouts have already seen what kind of a difference-maker he can be on the inside.
Pass Blocking: Eases out of his stance and waits for the defender to come to him. Possesses long arms and is very powerful, often easily controlling his opponent. Naturally balanced with good lateral agility to mirror the defender. Wide-bodied so opponents can rarely get past him and has an excellent anchor so bull rushes are futile. Nitpicking, but can be a bit inconsistent with his recognition on combination blocks. Typically gets an initial punch in on the defensive tackle before switching off to take on the blitzing linebacker, but can be fooled and miss his assignment (Florida). Can get a bit lazy with his hand placement, making him vulnerable to swim moves.
Run Blocking: Excellent size and strength as a drive blocker. Can get fundamentally lazy, at times, playing too high and/or being a beat late off the snap. As such, he can miss with his initial punch and fail to push back his target. More often, he shows good hand placement and the leg drive to clear a hole. Powerful. Can knock defenders off the ball, providing impressive pancake blocks against even talented opponents. Good recognition in combination blocks in the running game. Good, powerful initial shove to the defensive tackle and gets to the second level with good quickness. Shows the ability to adjust his path to locate and attack his target. Rare body control for a man of his size when blocking at the second level.
Pulling/Trapping: Shows surprising quickness and fluidity when pulling from left guard to lead on the toss and counter. Light on his feet and can adjust to hit the moving target at the second level.
Initial Quickness: A bit inconsistent with his initial get-off, though this may be simply a concentration issue with the snap-count. Demonstrates good initial quickness off the snap (especially for a man of his size) when pulling, but can be a beat late off the snap on other plays. Rarely is he actually beaten when late off the snap, however, due to his girth and long, powerful arms to catch and contain his assignment.
DownField: Perhaps his most impressive trait, which is saying something. Gets to the second level quickly and consistently erases linebackers from the play. Doesn't waste his energy with pancake blocks, but instead seals off the defender completely, assuring that his assignment isn't in position to impact the ball-carrier.
Intangibles: Has four starts at left tackle over his career (all in 2009) entering the 2011 season. Turned in his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Committee following last season but elected to return based partially on the plan to see more time at left tackle in 2011."
Isn't real rangy when asked to pull and get out to the second level, but exhibits some natural body control and can breakdown on contact. But again, his pad level gets high and he simply just engulfs at the point, doesn't drive his legs or the defender through contact.
Displays above-average body control when engaged and despite lacking ideal awareness and routinely getting off the ball late, he has the length and power to get his hands into defenders and seal/turn them from the play in the run game.
Initially isn't overly quick off the snap in pass protection either, but does display good natural shuffle and slide ability. Again, bends at the waist, but keeps his hands up protecting his chest and maximizing his length into contact. Demonstrates the lateral ability to slide his feet cleanly and keep the inside of the pocket clean.
But, he does get upright and overextended with his footwork, relying on his length and natural power to anchor. Will struggle with balance into contact and doesn't have elite range. pass game. But plays well in tight areas and when he gets his hands on you is tough to disengage from.
Impression: A massive guard prospect who struggles with leverage in the run game. But can keep the pocket clean inside in pass protection because of his size/strength and natural athleticism. Moves well for his size and looks like a starter inside or at right tackle for a team who values bigger linemen."
Run Blocking: Ideal blocker in a power run scheme. Excellent coil as he generates a ton of power through his lower body. He has enough range to be effective pulling and getting into the second level. He breaks down pretty well on contact in the open field for his size. He plays a little high and has a tendency to lose leverage into contact. He gets a little lazy through contact and would like to see him drive his defenders out of the play more often.
Technique: Glenn is pushing 350 pounds, so his tendency to bend at the waist could be overlooked as he generally makes up for it with his power. He shows solid footwork and moves well laterally to get the edge against speed.
Athleticism/Strength: Good athlete for his size. His natural strength and long arms make up for a lot of what he lacks athletically. He doesn’t possess elite range on the edge but good enough to be an effective RT in the league. His strength is other-worldly.
Bottom Line: Glenn probably projects better as a guard but he can definitely play RT in the NFL. He can be dominant at the point of attack in confined areas but will struggle on an island against elite speed. He progressively got more comfortable as the year wore on at LT. Started out really rough against Boise St and finished strong with a very good showing at the Senior Bowl. At worst, he could be a starting guard for the next decade who you could play at tackle if need be. I think he’s a RT, and a very good one, in the league day one.
Draft Projection: 1."
Excellent grip strength to latch on and control defenders.
Consistently drives defenders off the ball and paves the way in the run game.
Moves with ease for his size and has left tackle-caliber feet to handle edge speed.
Bulked up in the offseason and needs to keep his weight in check.
Should be able to walk into a starting lineup readily and is best suited for the OLG position in the pros."
Movement: Balance is a big issue with Glenn. He bends at the waist far too much which causes him to lose leverage. He doesn't have a very natural stance as a tackle. In the running game, Glenn tends to be a bit upright as well instead of taking advantage of his strength.
Pass Blocking: Pass blocking is one of Cordy Glenn's biggest weaknesses, which makes him a better fit at guard in the NFL. He struggles to get off the ball quickly and doesn't have the awareness teams are looking for from a blindside protector. Once engaged in a block, Glenn has the strength and skills to keep the pocket clean, but as mentioned early, he struggles in space.
Quickness: Glenn reacts slow off the ball and often struggled with range during his final season at Georgia. Was able to display quick hands throughout his career.
Run Blocking: As one might expect given his height, Glenn tends to get upright in his run blocking. However, he has a tremendous amount of strength in his lower body, which he relies on to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage. I would love to see him drive through his opponents and finish his blocks.
Strength: Cordy Glenn's strength is a big reason why he is considered a first round prospect. He is powerful at the point of attack and is especially strong in his lower body. He is a powerful blocker in tight areas.
Technique: As previously mentioned, Glenn is not a natural knee bender and gets too upright when run blocking. He relies a lot on his physical attributes, which while solid, are not enough to consistently hold off NFL pass rushers. Glenn has strong hands in pass protection as well.
Final Word: Cordy Glenn is best fit for guard in the NFL, unless he gets a tremendous amount of coaching early in his career. He lacks the technique and natural instincts to be effective in pass protection. Worth a pick late in the first round as a guard due to his raw physical tools."
Has some surprising quickness for a 350-pounder, but is not as effective when trying to make a block on the move; also not a natural knee-bender who tends to play too high at times; solid enough pass blocker with a decent slide step, although he doesn’t change direction all that well and is most effective pass blocking in tight spaces;
Has strong hands and a physical punch; sloppy looking player, though, who needs to improve conditioning and keep weight under control."
Always stays in front of defender and displays excellent awareness; he knows where the running lane or quarterback is at all times... Understands how to establish his position between the defender and the pocket or running back... Gets a very good push off the ball and blocks at a great angle...
Doesn't get pushed back much in pass protection, and he drives and pumps legs in run game... He has a very strong solid base and moves his feet well... Can usually stay on his blocks in pass protection and is a decent pulling guard, especially toward left side... Can be great in open space, but seems to be better at pulling left...
Possesses the speed to get to second level and make head-on blocks, and he's very aware of what's going on at the second level... Good from the three-point stance or two-point, and can play guard or tackle... Has the skills to succeed at both positions at the next level and will benefit from his experience playing in the SEC.
Negatives -- Will occasionally miss his block or lose balance, especially in the run game... Seems to have a hard time pulling to opposite side of the line... Run blocking seems to be biggest weakness... Susceptible to defensive counters by getting him off-balance... Has a good reach, but may lean on it too heavily... Doesn't stay on blocks in run game...
His big mistakes in the open field are noticeable... Flails at defender if he can't get in front... Staggering difference between quality as a pass blocker and run blocker, much better pass blocker, quality difference is very evident."
Glenn shows a nice degree of awareness, displays power as a run blocker and easily turns defenders off the line.
He’s rather nifty and nimble for such a large blocker but must do a better job sinking his butt and bending his knees at the line."
He generally runs in the 5.2s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.12 from that distance.
Glenn is relatively nimble, has a good burst off the ball, and is stellar in the run game. He isn't athletic enough to play left tackle at the next level, but he will be a force in the middle of any offensive line."