First, a word to the gang at Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nation's Buffalo Bills site. Cordy Glenn is a crappy interview. Seriously, when I talked to him last summer at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame's annual Pigskin Preview I asked him a ton of (what I thought were) interesting questions. Couldn't get an answer out of him if his life depended on it. Polite? Definitely. Articulate? Sure. But about as likely to say something controversial as I am to be named Megan Fox's baby's godfather. What SEC defensive lineman is the hardest to block? "They're all tough, it's the SEC."How is the strength and conditioning program different under Joe Tereshinski? "It's not very different." He did tip us off that Kwame Geathers was going to be "an animal" and that Washaun Ealey might have some motivational issues, but that was about it.
By contrast, I learned in under 5 minutes that inside linebacker Christian Robinson played NCAA 2k12 with Georgia's roster but Mississippi State's play book, that he's a big fan of chicken fingers, no matter which of Athens' 327 chicken finger/buffalo wing eateries they come from, and that people would be very surprised at exactly how good Jarvis Jones and Mike Gilliard were going to be in 2011 (an assertion which proved 100% accurate, by the way).
But despite the fact that he wouldn't give me any great quotes, I can't say anything else bad about Cordy Glenn. He's never been in any trouble. He's been hailed by teammates as a quiet leader. Cordy Glenn is a solid pickup who could become a multiyear fixture on the offensive line. From my perspective, that's about all you can ask from an NFL offensive lineman. Consistency and continuity are the watch words for success up front in the league. Cordy Glenn is 1/5 of a solid NFL unit.
The question is which fifth. I don't see Cordy as a left tackle in the league, though at various points in his Bulldog career he's played or practiced at every position on the offensive line, including as an emergency center. He just doesn't have the wide ass necessary to sit down on bull rushing NFL defensive ends, however. His feet are also not quick enough to be an elite blindside tackle. I believe guard is his natural position, but his ability to play right tackle if necessary makes him a valuable guy. This season I found myself wondering how good Cordy could have been if he'd had another year of tutelage under UGA offensive line coach Will Friend. Alas, we'll never know.
Cordy's far more mobile than a 340 pound man should be. As Dawg Sports' recruiting analyst, I remember seeing his junior high school film in which he escorted tailbacks to the endzone, stride for stride, at about 320 pounds. You knew the guy could be something very special if he committed to getting and staying in shape and honing his technique. Cordy's done both of those. His great hand technique have helped him become one of the best run blockers in recent Bulldog memory, right behind longtime NFL guard Max Jean-Giles. He still has a tendency to bend at the waist rather than sinking his hips, which is a shame given his strong lower body. If he works on that issue, Glenn could become a premier lineman for years to come.
Best of luck Cordy! Until later . . .