Overview: Buffalo’s second round pick is a mountain of a man with incredible strength. But where does he fit in the NFL?
Strengths: Huge even by NFL standards at 6’6, 345 with long arms. Incredibly strong, especially in the lower body. He doesn’t lose many battles at the point of attack thanks to his sheer power. Once he’s locked into a defender, it’s all over. The bull rush is totally ineffective against him. Surprisingly fluid and fast for his size – he can get to the second level. Kills people in the running game. Uses his hands very well. Decent footwork. It’s not always pretty, but he does an okay job in pass protection. Was very effective in college despite playing against excellent SEC defenses. A natural guard, but was moved out to tackle for his senior year and for the Senior Bowl and he held his own.
Weaknesses: Not explosive and is pretty slow off the snap. Will get beat by speed rushers on occasion. Doesn’t always have great recognition – on some plays he won’t figure out who to block and won’t hit anyone. Doesn’t really bend his knees well and gets bent over at the waist a lot, throwing him off balance. Despite his incredible strength, he doesn’t have a real mean streak.
How He Will Fit in Buffalo: The Bills love his versatility – he will try and play tackle, and if that fails he’d be certain to succeed at guard. He could conceivably play everywhere on the line but center, although I have real concerns about his ability to play left tackle in the NFL. But he’ll get the chance to prove me wrong, as he’ll likely spend the 2012 pre-season competing with Chris Hairston for the LT job. No matter where he ends up, Glenn is going to be a huge boost for the running game – Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are going to love this guy.
The Bottom Line: Glenn is a very interesting prospect. He’s a truly incredible athlete for his size. And his off-the-charts strength is something to behold. He’s going to be an effective NFL player for a long time. Buffalo has really done a nice job assembling a young, talented offensive line in the past few seasons.