Bills: New Hope On The Line

The Buiffalo Bills have a major obstacle to overcome in 2012 -- finding a way to keep their quarterback upright. It looks like they may have found the solution.

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 him."

   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 aside quietly.

   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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