UGA’s Cordy Glenn ‘excited, relieved’ to be selected 41st in draft by Bills

Cordy Glenn's decision to return to Georgia his senior season to play left tackle made him a lot of money in the NFL draft on Friday. (UGA photo by Phillip Faulkner)

Cordy Glenn's decision to return to Georgia his senior season to play left tackle made him a lot of money in the NFL draft on Friday. (UGA photo by Phillip Faulkner)

Georgia’s Cordy Glenn had to wait a lot longer than he expected – longer than anybody expected really – but he realized his lifelong dream of becoming a professional football player Friday night.

Glenn, an offensive lineman from Riverdale, was selected by Buffalo with the ninth pick of the second round and 41st overall on Friday. The 6-foot-5 ½, 348-pound tackle was one of 26 players invited by the NFL to Radio City Music Hall in New York for Thursday night’s festivities only to go un-drafted. Glenn returned to Atlanta on Friday and it was back at home where he got the news that the Bills had selected him.

“I am happy,” Glenn said on the Buffalo Bills website. “One, I get to play left tackle and, two, Buffalo is one of my favorite teams. I am just happy I get to play football. I know where I am playing at now. It is a big relief. . . . I wish I could have [been selected] earlier but I am just happy to be picked. It is a big honor.”

Glenn was considered by most draft analysts as a sure-fire first-round selection because of his ability to play either guard or tackle and especially after turning in a sub-5.0 seconds 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. ESPN’s  Jon Gruden said during Friday’s television broadcast he was “shocked” Glenn lasted as long as he did. Instead, six offensive linemen were selected ahead of him.

Glenn started 50 games in four years while for the Bulldogs, including all 14 at left tackle this past season. Thirty-two of his overall starts came at guard.

As it is, Glenn was the first Georgia player off the board in the 2012 draft. Several other Bulldogs were still waiting to hear their names get called, including tight end Orson Charles, the only underclassman of the group. Others hoping to fulfill NFL ambitions this year are cornerback Brandon Boykin, center Ben Jones, tackle Justin Anderson, punter Drew Butler and tight end Aron White.

Buffalo had put the word out after Thursday’s first round was over that they were eying an offensive lineman such as Glenn in the second round. The Bills were among the NFL leaders for sacks allowed but were heading into the fall with just three tackles on the roster and that’s where they intend to give Glenn the first look.

“For us a guy with that size and that type of foot athlete, you try him out at tackle,” Doug Whaley, Buffalo’s director of player development, told reporters covering the draft. “We believe he’s got a chance to play there and produce there at a high level.”

Glenn was happy to hear the Bills like him as a tackle.

“They thought I could play tackle but . . . I’ll help out at whatever position they need me to play, honestly, Glenn said.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Glenn’s decision to come back his senior season and play tackle full time definitely benefited him.

“I think he made a wise decision to come back and play another year and prove he could be athletic enough to play on the edge, too, in the best league in college football,” Richt said.

In Buffalo, Glenn will join fellow SEC competitor Stephon Gilmore, a cornerback from South Carolina who was chosen with the 10th overall pick. He will be playing for former Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey.

Here’s the full transcript of Glenn’s teleconference call with reporters late Friday night:

On his reaction to being picked by the Bills . . .

“I am happy. One I get to play left tackle and two Buffalo is one of my favorite teams. I am just happy I get to play football. I know where I am playing at now. It is a big relief.”

On why he is excited to play for the Bills . . .

“The coach [Chan Gailey]. I like the coaching staff. I like the offensive line coach (Joe D’Alessandris). I like the way he coaches, so (Buffalo) was definitely a big favorite of mine.”

On having to wait until the second round to be drafted . . .

“I wish I could have got off early but I am just happy to be picked right now. It is a big honor.”

On his development as a left tackle . . .

“I would just say that I came out to a slower start. And then I got better as the season went on as I got more comfortable out there. I still do not think I have played my best game out there.”

On if he was afraid of being drafted by a team who did not view him as a tackle . . .

“I think with my athletic ability it would be hard for a team to pass that up.”

On how pleased he is that the Bills view him as a left tackle . . .

“I am extremely pleased and ready to start just focusing on football again. Get off of this process that is finally over. I am excited about it.”

On if the Bills told him during meetings that they viewed him as a left tackle . . .

“They thought I could play tackle but I am just going to go in there and try out the vibe. I’ll help out at whatever position they need me to play, honestly.”

On the Bills having a need at left tackle . . .

“It is (exciting). That is the whole point. I am excited to go out there and play. I am ready for it.”

On if he was at home . . .

“Yeah, I am at home.”

On if he felt that he might be drafted earlier:

“Yeah, I did actually. But things happen for a reason. I am just happy to be with the Bills.”

On if it was a big disappointment he was not drafted earlier . . .

“I would not say that. I am pretty happy with the team I got picked by.”

On his reaction when the phone rang and it was the Bills . . .

“Extremely happy. I talked to Chan first. I talked to Buddy (Nix). Very happy. Probably the happiest moment of my life.”

On what he brings to the table aside from his size . . .

“Beside my size: versatility, quickness, strength power, everything the whole nine.”

61 comments Add your comment

wattdog

April 27th, 2012
9:47 pm

Go Get em!!!!!

Frank Lane

April 27th, 2012
9:50 pm

Taco Meat

April 27th, 2012
9:51 pm

Great news for Cordy!

Dawg Alum

April 27th, 2012
9:54 pm

DGD…….thanks for playing 1 more year. It was good for the fans and good for you!!!!

Dawg Pound

April 27th, 2012
10:13 pm

No one circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills, best of luck and don’t forget to pack your parka.

BullDogMike

April 27th, 2012
10:38 pm

I guess nobody in the NFL thinks Orsen Charles or Brandon Boykin can play a lick.

bubba4dawgs

April 27th, 2012
10:47 pm

Congratulations, Cordy! I still wish he had taken on Javedon Clowney last year when he stepped aside without even touching him and Clowney took about two steps, reached out and took Murray by his jersey and shook him like a rag doll, ball was fumbled naturally and another player picked it up and scored 6 quick easy ones. As it turned out, it was the difference in the game and would have meant a heck of a lot in the season! Cordy, you can’t do that in the NFL or you’ll be warming the bench!

Basstringerfish

April 27th, 2012
10:55 pm

DGD for sure. Word from talking heads is the belief he is “lazy.” One guy actually said “I’m not surprised he slipped” what an idiot. These people should listen to themselves
Every once in a while. On theSirius XM NFL channel though, they were like Gruden, could not believe he slipped to the 2nd round. On guy said he spent time with Gordy at th Senior Bowl and is convinced he will now be considered a “steal.”
Yes I had a four hour road trip today!!!
Bottom line…Mr. Glenn for 2012 you carry the title of highest Dawg drafted…work hard, prove doubters wrong and work hard. Earn your legacy.
Best wishes.

Dawg Haus

April 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

Congrats, Cordy! Make us proud up there. DGD!

Wrecker

April 27th, 2012
11:09 pm

Congrats to Mr. Glenn! Even if you dislike Chan Gailey, the man can coach offense. Joe D’ as the offensive line coach will be great for Cordy.

ole dawg

April 27th, 2012
11:16 pm

@ bubba… quit raining on his parade and calling yourself a Dawg idiot! Congrats Cordy and GO DAWGS!

steverino

April 27th, 2012
11:25 pm

I’m certainly no dwag fan, but I am now a Cordy Glenn fan! Best of luck and congrats to a fellow Clayton County HS graduate, (yeah, we do have SOME good ones)!

steverino

April 27th, 2012
11:30 pm

Tell Buddy Nix that all the old Boro Cardinals said hello!

Ace

April 27th, 2012
11:31 pm

I agree with you ole dawg bubba you really are an idiot, this is a special moment for this kid and your dumb a$$ would have to post something like that. Hopefully he doesn’t have time to read blogs like this right now but I will speak for him if I may. GO KICK ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tdawg

April 27th, 2012
11:46 pm

Buffalo! Dang man. Cordy you better pack a lot of those long handle draws. Preferably the insulated type. Do your self proud Cordy, we will be rooting for ya.

Tdawg

April 27th, 2012
11:59 pm

BullDogMike to tell the truth, Orson has never impressed me that much. Where would you play him? He’s to small and his blocking ability as a TE was border line pathetic and his ball catching wasn’t the best I’ve seen either. He’s to slow to play wide out and again I refer to his catching abilities. I’ve always thought that he was way over rated and needed to come back for his senior season. At least he could have gotten his degree, cause not a doubt in my mind he will eventually get drafted, he will however be out of the NFL within 3, 4 years at the most. I could see the kid reinvent himself and give LB’ing a shot. Perfect size, decent speed and should know how to pick up the TE”s on their routes. He will never amount to much as a TE. WR forget it. However a LB’er. I think that he could make a he!! of a LB. Pride won’t allow him to do so however.

bwell

April 28th, 2012
12:04 am

Cordy,

congrats! You are truly blessed and gifted, keep your head up and continue to make Bulldawg nation proud!

Monroe's First Redcoat

April 28th, 2012
12:39 am

Congratulations, Cordy!! Show the Bills how a DGD gets it done!!!!

Monroe's First Redcoat

April 28th, 2012
12:41 am

Bubba, blow it out your ass. I’m sure you could have done a better job, especially if you were able to hoist your fat ass out of the recliner on game day….

boykin

April 28th, 2012
2:27 am

Cordy will show em !

brian

April 28th, 2012
2:38 am

i do not agree w bubba but i see his point. fresh vs senior .

pj

April 28th, 2012
2:55 am

Congrats Cordy. What a huge guy to be running a sub 5 40 yd dash! I’m 6′3″ 210 and my 40 time is 5.2 – but then again I’m not a pro football player. Let’s hope Ben, BB, Orsen and Drew get taken in the 3rd or 4th – and heck. Maybe Blair, Aaron W and big Bruce get taken 5 thru 7.
Past 10 years, uga has more nfl draft picks (57) than anyone else in the league.

William

April 28th, 2012
5:01 am

Congratulations Cordy. Do yourself proud and show em how a dawg plays. I wish you were back at UGA for one more year. We certainly need a left tackle. Go Cordy and go Dawgs.

UGA Alummy

April 28th, 2012
5:21 am

Hope he enjoys his career playing for a crappy team. If they don’t cut him by August.

RHall55

April 28th, 2012
7:30 am

Let’s see where the other Dawgs get drafted; hope this is not an indication that these Dawgs were not developed as good as they could have been: makes me question the S&C program, the position coaches (I constantly question Will Friend as the OL Coach) and CMR, the CEO of UGA Football!!! UGA, you better be careful, or you will slip into a second tier team!!

a country boy can survive

April 28th, 2012
7:47 am

I though Orsen Charles was a first rounder?…hahahaha, typical delusional dawg! Believes all the bs you uga-holics feed them. Gil Brandt is right.

bubba4dawgs

April 28th, 2012
8:10 am

Bubba apologizes if I stepped on any of the Dawg Nation toes! Blatantly missing that play sort of lends to the statement made by Basstringerfish that he is “lazy”. I guess oledawg is too old to watch every play. What a simple play to sidestep a guy like Clowney lined up nose to nose with you. It may have been the difference in getting drafted higher. No harm intended! I’m not an idiot….but some idiots simply didn’t see it nor apparently accept mediocrity and still call’em DMG. I suppose even DMG’s miss’em now and then! That’s OK, Cordy, you are indeed a DMG and I wish we had you this year! The OL is still one of our weakest positions to get us to a championship! Mediocrity certainly won’t get us there and Clowney will be ready when we get to Columbia, SC! He proved he is an up and coming star in Athens, a brute force who will only get better here on in! Cordy will face plenty like him in the NFL. No one is pulling for him more than I!!!! I hope the reminder will help him! He has my best wishes!! Thanks for all you did as a DMG!! Oh, Monroe’s First Redcoat, I thought I pulled my pants up before you had a chance to see my fat $ss! I didn’t mean to turn around as you were facing me! Keep on enjoying!! GO DAWGS!!!!

Needacoach

April 28th, 2012
8:27 am

After 3 rounds
Bama 5
Lsu 4
SC 3
Miss. St 1
Vandy 1
Ark 1
uga 1
It sums it up uga lack of coaching

Orange11

April 28th, 2012
8:32 am

Disapointed with the way the draft has gone for UGA players so far. In my opinion Cordy Glenn should have gone in the first round vice the second. I guarantee the money drop off is significant. Charles and Boykin are still on the board even though their ranking indicates they probably should have gone in the second or third round. Ben Jones is a top notch center who I hope goes in the fourth or fifth. I feel confidant Butler will go somewhere, probably fifth or sixth. Bruce Figgens took one for the team being moved to FB, don’tknow if he will get picked up or not. The bonehead draft of 2012 has to be the cal punter getting picked in the third round.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

April 28th, 2012
9:02 am

How many Bama guys were drafted…..

JB

April 28th, 2012
9:32 am

He lasted that long because he came from a SEC team who the last 3-4 years has the worst line play and coaching in the conference.
he will need to be coached up. The Dawgs can not run on anybody. No holes what so ever.

a country boy can survive

April 28th, 2012
9:33 am

which dawg got a 14?…probably multiple dawgs…

Tarryuga

April 28th, 2012
9:34 am

Some team is going to get a steal with Boykin!
He’s a hard working player with heart!

O. Charles, well, he has screwed himself with one ill-timed boo-boo.
Somebody will get him though. Probably Dallas or the Rams.

JB

April 28th, 2012
9:37 am

the lack of mental toughness and top notch coaching is coming home for our dawgs

a country boy can survive

April 28th, 2012
9:57 am

the dui didn’t hurt charles near as much as his inability to play football at a high level does. prepared for failure. the georgia way.

a country boy can survive

April 28th, 2012
10:06 am

I really wish I could stop changing my handle. Then again, I’m a pathetic coward, so I guess it’s meant to be :(

Needacoach

April 28th, 2012
10:13 am

The writing is on the wall if CMR doesn’t win the SEC this year he is gone. They extended his contract to keep the recruits from going to other schools but its not going to help him because when you can’t coach it shows. With the cupcake schedule we have its not going to matter..

a country boy can survive

April 28th, 2012
10:35 am

who else am i supposed to be, coward?

AndOne

April 28th, 2012
10:50 am

Bubba, you might be right, you might be wrong. Pretty sure Murray could have thrown that ball away. Murray has a bad habit of making all his lineman look bad because he takes 2-3x more sacks than Stafford or Cox did, don’t blame Cordy for Murray’s indecisiveness and bad habits. Cordy dominated Clowney that day. Clowney broke the line one time.

AndOne

April 28th, 2012
10:59 am

You saw how AJ Green developed, once he got out form under Aaron Murray. He just crushed the NFL. I expect Charles and Glenn to do the same. They just had to play offense with one of the least effective QB’s in terms if big wins, accuracy, sacks, interceptions, and so on. But once they leave murray, look at how AJ blossomed.

01HAWK

April 28th, 2012
11:37 am

Another NAIL in the coffin for DEREK DOOLEY. He will not last past this year.

Austin Ward Govolsxtra.com

A team grade-point average of 2.08 in the fall suggested there were plenty of football players spending the spring semester on academic probation with a GPA under 2.0. Radio station WNML reported earlier this week that the number was as high as 30 players and included 24 scholarship athletes.

School officials could not confirm nor deny the report due to federal privacy laws.

The News Sentinel reported on Feb. 6 that the football team had a “tough fall” academically after attending a presentation by NCAA faculty representative Dan Murphy to university faculty.

AndOne

April 28th, 2012
11:59 am

Cordy didn’t happen to play for a QB who threw balls away, instead of giving up acks, or throwing interceptions. Look at the 3 o-linemen that went in the 1st round (Wisconsin/Iowa/USC), all played for QB’s that were better than Murray in sacks and interceptions. NFL scouts like that. Cordy was just unlucky with Aaron Murray.

TampaGator

April 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

@BullDawgMike…..

Orson Charles
1. Undersized for NFL TE
2. Not a very good blocker for NFL TE
3. More of a slot receiver/H-back for the NFL
4. Some character isses with him
5. Not that coachable
6. Not very fast for a slot receiver
7. Not a very good blocker for H-back
Therefore….will be picked between the 3rd and 5th rounds. Should have stayed in school.

Brandon Boykin
1. Not a very good tackler
2. Not a hard hitter
3. Inconsistent in coverage
4. Some character issue
5. Will be a kick returner in the NFL
Therefore….will be picked between the 3rd and 5th rounds

Charles and Boykin were good college football players….not great ones. They will be average, at best, NFL players.

Glenn…on the other hand…..is all you could want in an OL. He will be all-pro very soon. I wish the Falcons could have moved up to get him.

TampaGator

April 28th, 2012
12:08 pm

@Needacocahc….

1. Georgia is not going to win the SEC this year. They might win the East, but not the SEC. LSU or Bama will.

2. Richt will be back at Georgia for several more years….maybe much longer.

3. Stop dreaming! It isn’t summer yet.

TampaGator

April 28th, 2012
12:12 pm

“It sums it up uga lack of coaching”

@Needacoach….again!

NO…..it sums up how young Georgia was last year…..and Florida. Both teams had a ton of talented jrs, sophs, and fresh last year. There will be a lot more draft choices for both teams next year…..and I guess……still coaching will have about 50 percent to do with that.

TampaGator

April 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

AndOne….

Charles has very inconsistent hands as well. But he is very athletic and still has time. But he has a lot of work to do to develop into the type of player Aaron Hernandez is. The best thing for Charles is….to get drafted by the Patriots and learn from Hernandez.

TampaGator

April 28th, 2012
12:16 pm

Time for the beach! Go Falcons. Go SEC.

ringleader

April 28th, 2012
12:57 pm

TampaxGator………..
You going to be at the Pavilion-Clearwater Beach this afternoon?

Vance Duly

April 28th, 2012
1:01 pm

Orson Charles to the Bengals……

AndOne

April 28th, 2012
1:06 pm

Charles will be All Pro once he gets with a great QB, look at AJ Green…