Bills have high hopes for Glenn at tackle
The selection of left tackle Mike Williams with
the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft did not work out for the
Buffalo Bills. In fact, the move turned the team gun shy when it came
to drafting a tackle that high again.
That changed this spring under general manager
Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey, who selected Georgia's Cordy Glenn in
the second round of the draft with the 41st pick overall. In 2009,
Buffalo struck gold with first-rounder Eric Wood, a center, and
second-rounder Andy Levitre, a guard.
And while many teams rated Glenn as a guard, the
Bills were very clear on where they saw the 6-5, 348-pounder lining up.
"No, he's not a guard," Nix said. "He started 50
games, the last 16 at left tackle. We put it out there, we tried to
spread the rumor that he was a guard and hoped somebody wouldn't take
Wishes came true.
Glenn, who signed a four-year deal worth nearly $5
million, is expected to win the starting left tackle job from
second-year pro Chris Hairston, though Hairston, who earned seven
emergency starts for Demetress Bell (Philadelphia) last year won't step
That competition for the job of protecting
quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's blind side will be one of the most
interesting and most important of training camp.
What Glenn brings to the table is a large body of
work at a major college (his 50 starts matched a Bulldogs record) to go
with a large body. The All-SEC first teamer has a wingspan of 84 5/8
inches with 10-inch hands.
"He's got good feet," Bills national scout Darrell
Moody said. "I don't know that he's got great feet, but you don't have
to have great feet if you've got great length and great size. It's hard
to get around people."
Glenn, who took part in Buffalo's recent rookie
minicamp, will be in Buffalo for the start of voluntary organized team
activities starting May 29.
"Honestly, I'm just out here trying to help this
team out and compete. I wouldn't put anything into it," he said of
getting his feet wet at left tackle during rookie camp. "It's rookie
camp. Nobody here knows anything really so everybody is in the same
boat right now. Let the coaches get a good evaluation and see where I'm
at so far, what I need to work on and where they need to help me."
For his career at Georgia, Glenn registered 63
blocks that resulted in touchdowns and 447 knockdown blocks. He's not
resting on his laurels.
"That was college," Glenn said. "This is another
level. It's good to have all of that experience. But it's still another
step, a new process and I'm just trying to learn as much as I can to
help out this team."
The Bills are hoping it works out better than the
last time they drafted a left tackle this high.
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