Two-Deep Analysis: CB Gareef Glashen

With spring camp over, ScarletReport.com is ready to look ahead to training camp with an in-depth, daily look at the depth chart. Going player by player, we break down the key players of training camp with an in-depth look today at cornerback Gareef Glashen.

Gareef Glashen has is biggest opportunity at playing time this season and needs a big training camp to lock down a spot. Starting at cornerback most of the spring, Glashen has had time to develop behind many NFL prospects at his position and looks to finally make an impact in 2013.

Spring Performance -- Entering the spring without high expectations, Glashen did everything he needed to send a message to coach Kyle Flood and coordinator Dave Cohen. Glashen stayed healthy, worked hard and displayed a veteran confidence at cornerback. Glashen lost his fair share of battles against the Rutgers receivers, but was never embarrassed and matched up well physically at the line of scrimmage. With Tejay Johnson banged up in spring and not all corner options available, Glashen and Ian Thomas saw the most time on the first team and held their own against a much more experienced offense.

Expected 2013 Role -- Glashen is still in the conversation to be a starter, but could slip to the second team with some changes in training camp and the statement made by Thomas in spring ball. Rutgers consistently rotated three corners as starters last year with other options coming in as reserves. Glashen could be anything from a starter to a 5-10 snap per game cornerback this season.

Scouting Report -- The junior cornerback does not have the speed or size of Johnson. Glashen does not have the physicality or ball skills of Thomas either. But he brings a little bit of everything to the position and showed in spring that he has the ability to be a starting cornerback at Rutgers.

Consistency held Glashen back in his early seasons in Greg Schiano's defense. Playing time was scarce in 2012 behind three NFL cornerbacks. Glashen now has significantly lower competition at the position and is mentally matured as a fourth-year player.

Looking specifically at Glashen, his 5-foot-10 frame is not the typical frame for a Rutgers corner, but he brings the toughness and willingness to defend the run that sent Logan Ryan to the NFL. Glashen matches up better against possession receivers but has the quickness to keep slot guys honest.

Cornerback is a position that requires confidence, which Glashen does not lack. He believes in himself as a starter-quality athlete and does not shy away from a challenge.

The Bottom Line -- Rutgers continues to wait for it all to click for the talented Florida cornerback, but Glashen is improved in his consistency and brings a confident swagger to the position.


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