Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn of Georgia participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine.
With the 16th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the New York Jets select Georgia offensive guard Cordy Glenn. Jack H is serving as the Jets' general manager, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
Guards don't often get picked this high, but let's consider this for a moment. Glenn is an elite talent. Now look at the Jets' guard situation: LG Matt Slauson is coming off major shoulder surgery and RG Brandon Moore is entering the final year of his contract. The Jets have bigger needs, for sure, but they've made it clear they want to pound the rock with Tim Tebow and pass protect for Mark Sanchez, and so far they haven't done anything to improve the line.
The consensus pick here in other mock drafts is either Mark Barron or Courtney Upshaw. They are both good players but are short-term answers to longer-term problems. The Jets played okay on defense last year; it was the offense that was horrible, in particular in running the ball and protecting Sanchez on third-down attempts.
Glenn can play every spot on the O-line and can be a day one starter at either right guard/tackle. He has the ability to stay in the Jets' lineup for 10+ years and be an impact player at the point of attack, helping an already strong unit become dominant. He can also fill in on the O-line at left tackle if there is an injury to D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Cordy Glenn gives the Jets versatile depth.
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