2013 Draft Prospect Profile: Mike Glennon

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Mike Glennon: QB, NC State (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Mike Glennon: QB, NC State
(Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Mike Glennon
6’7” 225 pounds
North Carolina State

The Buffalo Bills desperately need an upgrade at quarterback, and appear poised to select one in the top half of the 2013 NFL Draft. N.C. State signal caller, Mike Glennon, is in the conversation among the top quarterbacks in the draft class, but opinions vary greatly on his ability. Much like nearly every quarterback aside from Geno Smith, Glennon has been regarded anywhere from a top ten pick to a third rounder.

The Good

Mike Glennon has prototypical height at 6’7” that allows him to easily see the field and prevents a lot of passes from getting batted down at the line of scrimmage. He started two seasons with the Wolfpack, completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 7,411 yards, 63 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. He’s got the strongest arm of all the quarterbacks in the draft and can make all the throws. Playing in a pro-style offense at N.C. State, Glennon has experience taking snaps from under center and can make professional reads. He works the field and can zip the ball into tight windows. Glennon commands the offense well, which is evident in the fourth quarter of the Florida State game, when he led two touchdown drives to beat the No. 3 Seminoles 17-16. When the pocket is clean, he’s confident and can make great decisions.

The Bad

While Glennon has prototypical height, he weighs only 225 pounds, which is extremely skinny for a man of his stature. He’s very clumsy with his footwork and his mobility is limited, to say the least. Glennon’s arm is strong, but he relies on his strength too much, and doesn’t properly step into his throws when he needs to. When the pocket collapses, Glennon can’t evade pass rushers and makes terrible decisions. While his receivers dropped a ton of passes which led to his 58.5 completion percentage in 2012, he’s not very accurate, and often overthrows his targets. His mechanics are sloppy and can get erratic at times.

How He Would Fit The Bills

Mike Glennon definitely has the arm strength necessary to deal with the swirling winds that come around in the brutal Buffalo winters. He’s a good fit for a vertical offense that maximizes his arm strength. At N.C. State, he had very little help around him, as there was no rushing attack and his receivers weren’t very talented. He had to single-handedly win games for his team, which could’ve caused him to try to do too much. With more talented weapons surrounding him, Glennon could be a decent starter in the National Football League.

Projected Draft Position
2nd Round

Pro Player Comparison
Drew Bledsoe / Joe Flacco

Best Game: North Carolina-55.8% 467 yards/5 TD/2 INT
Worst Game: Maryland– 48.9% 308 yards/2TD