There were just as many Rivals.com two-star prospects in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft as five-star prospects.
The two-star prospects were Boise State running back Doug Martin and defensive end Shea McClellin, Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe and Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones. The five-star recruits were Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, Southern Cal tackle Matt Kalil and Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden didn’t have any stars, because the 28-year-old’s stint in high school predated the Rivals.com rankings.
Former Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn spent Friday morning and afternoon as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper’s best available NFL draft prospect remaining after Thursday night’s first round.
The wait ended Friday night when Glenn was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the ninth pick of the second round, making him the 41st overall pick. The 6-foot-5, 345-pounder had been pegged before the draft by Kiper as the 14th-best prospect overall.
“I wish I could have gotten off early, but I’m just happy to be picked right now,” Glenn said in an interview on the Bills website. “I know where I am playing at now. It is a big relief.”
The Bills are coached by former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, and their general manager is former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga coach Buddy Nix.
Glenn made 50 career starts for the Bulldogs, with 32 at guard and 18 at tackle. All 14 starts last season came at left tackle, where the Bills have a need.
“I like this pick,” ESPN analyst and former Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden said. “He’s a big guy, and I think he’s a solid left tackle. I’m shocked he’s here in the second round. He’s handled consistently SEC competition.”
Said Kiper: “I would think he moves inside to guard.”
Glenn was the second SEC player taken during the second round, with former Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw being the first. Upshaw was the third pick in the round and 35th overall when he was selected by the Baltimore Ravens.
“I was disappointed I didn’t go in the first round,” Upshaw said on the Ravens website, “but I’ll be playing with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and watching that leadership they bring to the game. I’m going in, and I’m cherishing the moment. Why not go in there and learn?”
The SEC followed nine first-round draftees with five second-round picks, with South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward and LSU receiver Rueben Randle following Upshaw and Glenn. Jeffery went 45th overall to Chicago, Hayward 62nd to Green Bay and Randle 63rd to the New York Giants.
LSU safety Brandon Taylor, who went 73rd to San Diego, and Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette, who went 90th to New England, were the lone SEC players picked in the third round. Among the league players who had been projected to be picked by now are Ole Miss tackle Bobby Massie, South Carolina safety Antonio Allen and Georgia’s tandem of cornerback Brandon Boykin and tight end Orson Charles.
Half of the SEC’s historical “big six” — Auburn, Florida and Tennessee — have yet to produce a pick through three rounds.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...