The non-playoff team’s draft order is set, and the Bills have moved down due to their victory over the New York Jets. The Bills, unless a move is made, will be picking ninth, one spot earlier than they picked last season. This week Fansided has the Bills taking a player that has been talked about a lot recently, often being tied to the Buffalo Bills.
October 20, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon (8) leads the offense against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
With the ninth pick the Bills took North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon has been rocketing up draft boards, much like a player last season. Here’s what Fansided had to say.
"The Bills are looking for a franchise quarterback and Glennon has the potential. He has a cannon of an arm and the size you look for in a NFL signal-caller, but he still needs to make some progress in working through his progressions. This will all come with time and he would be a nice back up for a year or two behind Fitzpatrick. Glennon is one of those sleeper QBs that could surprise people when his name is called early. Think of him as this year’s Ryan Tannehill."
Glennon is very big, standing at 6’6” and 230 lbs. He has quite the arm, and has done quite well at NC State. This year he threw for 4031 yards and 31 touchdowns for the 7-6 Wolfpack. The Bills are likely very familiar with his play due to watching former NC State player and current Bill T.J. Graham.
All that being said, Glennon has his incredible downsides. First of all, he isn’t very mobile. This really isn’t super surprising due to his size. He also has a very interesting motion. Due to his size, he hasn’t needed to use his entire body to throw. There is no overall body motion, its almost like every pass is a dump off even if its 15 yards away. This could lead to problems against better competition in the NFL.
He has also shown struggles when under pressure in the pocket. This was very evident in this year’s Music City Bowl earlier this week, where Glennon threw three interceptions. His play on national television against Vanderbilt may have hurt his draft stock.
West Virginia QB Geno Smith is still selected first overall by Kansas City. Bjoern Werner went second overall to Jacksonville while Star Lotulelei once again went to Oakland third overall.