Offensive lineman Cordy Glenn became the first Georgia player selected in the NFL draft Friday night when the Buffalo Bills picked him 41st overall in the second round, which he described as "probably the happiest moment of my life."
Glenn admitted he was surprised that he lasted until the second round, but said he was pleased that he wound up with Buffalo, one of his favorite teams.
"I did actually," Glenn said. "But things happen for a reason. I am just happy to be with the Bills."
Most NFL draft experts projected Glenn as a first-round choice -- and he was one of 26 players who accepted invitations to attend the draft Thursday at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Six of them, including Glenn, were left at the end of the night. On Friday he returned home to Atlanta.
“He’s got rare size, length and athletic ability,” said ESPN draft commentator Jon Gruden, the former coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I’m shocked he’s here in the second round. I thought he was a legitimate first-rounder. He’s handled consistently SEC competition. He’s a great kid.”
At 6-foot-5, 345 pounds, Glenn impressed scouts with his performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL combine -- particularly with his mobility for such a large player. He’ll join a Bills club that went 6-10 and finished last in the AFC East.
After toying with the idea of entering the NFL draft a year early, Glenn returned for his senior season and shifted from left guard to left tackle last fall. His demonstrating such versatility solidified Glenn’s draft status this year, as numerous draft experts celebrated his ability to excel at either position in the pros.
Glenn said he was excited that the Bills plan to play him at left tackle.
"One I get to play left tackle and two Buffalo is one of my favorite teams," Glenn said on a media conference call. "I am just happy I get to play football. I know where I am playing at now. It is a big relief."
However, draft analysts remain divided as to where he best fits in the NFL and whether left tackle will be his position in the long term.
“I think he’s better suited for the right side,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “I don’t think he’s got left tackle feet. I think he’s got a chance to be an All-Pro guard if they ever kick him inside.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. agreed, saying, “I would think he moves inside to guard.”
Glenn started 50 games at Georgia, including every game in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and 10 as a true freshman.
Glenn likely will not be the last Bulldog selected Friday night. Most draft projections have cornerback Brandon Boykin and tight end Orson Charles going in either the second or third round, which will be held Friday.
Center Ben Jones, defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson, punter Drew Butler and kicker Blair Walsh have all been projected in various mock drafts to go between rounds 4 and 7. The draft will conclude with rounds 4-7 starting at noon ET Saturday on ESPN.