It seems like every year before the combine, there are numerous quarterbacks grouped together in terms of where the “experts” predict they will be selected. This year is no different. While the consensus seems to be that Geno Smith from West Virginia is the most complete athlete, and safest 1st round qb, there is absolutely no guarantee which one will come off the board first.
Newton had an incredible pre draft process, vaulting himself to the top of the 2011 class.
In 2011, the hype before the combine belonged mostly to Blaine Gabbert from Mizzou, who seemed to come from out of nowhere. Enter Cam Newton. Yes, Cam had an incredible year at Auburn, winning a national championship, but between character issues and mechanical flaws, there were alot of question marks with him. Newton chose to throw at the combine, and he dazzled scouts. He followed this up with the now infamous private workout he held in San Diego thereafter. After that, his stock absolutely sky rocketed. Respected draft analysts like Gil Brandt, and Trent Dilfer gushed over the natural ability of Newton.
I believe he is a perfect example of how the process leading up to the draft can immensely affect a players stock. Although nobody knows what kind of long term career he will have in the NFL, he did everything physically right before the draft and ended up being the #1 pick.
Although none of the qb’s this year will have the hype that Newton received, the situation could be quite similar. Enter Mike Glennon:
Glennon has all the physical ability that will allow him to perform at the combine.
Lets start with the obvious observations:
1) The guy is an absolute flame thrower. Throws a tight spiral with some steam. Zero questions on arm talent (63 career TD’s to 31 INT’s)
2) Standing 6’6, he has above average field vision, looks the part of a prototypical pocket passer, and has above average accuracy (60% avg over last 2 years).
3) Fluid Mechanics. Glennon has a smooth arm motion, allowing him to deliver the ball with accuracy and strength.
Here’s the major knocks you will hear against him:
1) Hes a statue, cant detect or avoid pressure.
2) He’s highly inconsistent, will continually miss open targets, and “easy” completions.
3) Doesn’t have the demeanor of a “gamer”. Not an “in your face” personality.
I went back and watched tape of Glennon from 2011 and most of 2012, and I think there is some truth and myth to all of the above. His pocket awareness is quite underrated in my opinion. That’s not to say he will be making defenders miss anytime soon, but I thought he showed more than adequate awareness and decent mobility for a guy his size.
Arm Strength, Solid Mechanics, and Signature Wins will help Glennon come draft day.
He does miss open targets and will make you crazy with missing easier throws. However, he also will make some incredible throws with his all world arm. I think hes the most accurate qb on the run in this draft.
What really impressed me were some of the big wins in Glennons career at NC State. The biggest win of his came in 2012 when he led a 2nd half comeback against #2 Florida State. In 2011, he was responsible for the biggest comeback in NC State history, trailing by 27 points in the 2nd half against Maryland, throwing for 5 td’s. He also was fantastic in a 2011 beat down of Clemson, who was the #7 team in the nation at the time.
So what does this all mean? By no means to I think Glennon will put himself anywhere near the #1 pick, as Newton secured, but I do feel he will vault himself over the next 2 months.
I think Glennon is going to light up the combine, and dazzle with his arm talent. The more scouts look into Glennon, I think they will see what I have; the guy is a first round talent. He has the physical ability, the smarts, and the production that says so. Whatever team selects him will have to take the good with the bad, however ask any New York Giants fan about that with Eli Manning, or even Ravens fans with Joe Flacco.
Why does Glennon make sense for the Bills?
Could Glennon be the pick at #8 for the Bills?
– The arm strength will allow him to rip the ball through swirling winds and bad weather.
-Glennon will need a rock solid offensive line to maximize his time in the pocket to scan the field and deliver. He will have that in Buffalo with a proven interior line and promising left tackle, Cordy Glenn.
– What better way to support any young qb then to give him CJ Spiller?
The spot where Glennon goes will of course depend of fit. Wherever he goes it will be up to that franchise to support him and play to his strengths.
My opinion is that come draft day, Mike Glennon will have done enough to put himself not only into the first round, but potentially the #8 pick to The Buffalo Bills.