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Combine Notes: Speed is what Cordy Glenn needs — and he’s got it

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Cordy Glenn may weigh a lot, but this is no big fatty. (Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS -- During his career with the Georgia Bulldogs, offensive lineman Cordy Glenn went wherever his team needed him to be -- of his 49 college starts, he played 28 at left guard, 17 at left tackle, and four at right guard. Those numbers are interesting enough, but where Glenn's "Q" rating really peaked was during Saturday's scouting combine drills.

While USC's Matt Kalil and Stanford's David DeCastro were probably the most impressive players overall on the Lucas Oil Stadium field (as expected), Glenn stuck his own flag in the turf by running an unoffocial 4.96 40-yard dash (5.15 official), and bench-pressing 225 pounds 31 times. The 40 time is especially impressive given Glenn's weight -- he clocked in at 345 pounds for the combine. Even a cursory look at Glenn will tell you that this is no big fatty -- he's got good dimensions from head to toe. It's just that Glenn's head to toe is quite a bit larger than most.

Even Glenn's bench press numbers stood out. You'd expect a man his size to put up that many reps, but for a 6-foot-5 player with 36-inch arms, it's a bit tougher. After a quality performance at the Senior Bowl, Glenn may have alleviated enough concerns to add his name to the top 20 overall as a draft prospect -- especially for teams that require a right tackle who can maul at the point of attack and still show enough agility to pass protect. He probably doesn't have the nimble feet to play left tackle in the NFL, but then again, we didn't expect a man this big to cross the line in right around five seconds. To put that in perspective, DeCastro ran an official 5.43 40 -- and he weighed in 29 pounds lighter.

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Even more intriguing was Glenn's 1.76-second 10-yard split, a far better indicator of speed off the snap for offensive linemen. All in all, it was a bravura performance for a player that some teams might still be trying to figure out.

I'm versatile," he said this week, when asked what his best position might be. "I can play either one of those. I think that's good for me. I don't know what teams are thinking, so I'm just going in and doing everything I can to impress them. I'm pretty athletic. Hopefully I can be pretty good at it on the next level. There's not necessarily one I prefer."

But is he aware that tackles make more money? "Yes, I am," he said with a laugh.

Glenn certainly was leaning toward tackle in 2011. "Left tackle just playing it the whole season. Naturally I have been playing that, so I'm most comfortable there right now. I didn't play guard any this season."

Right tackle would seen to be the best fit. As Glenn said, he's "just naturally a wide, girthy person," and I'd feel sorry for the defensive end who tried to take him head-on. "People try to bull rush me, but I'm pretty good at sitting it down. I just have a big, wide frame, so it's not a problem for me."

It wasn't a problem for Glenn to impress at the combine, either. And by doing so, he put himself in the running as one of the draft's high risers.

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