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Grade
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  • 4.94 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 102.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 225LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

Taking over for a highly regarded team leader is no easy task. Glennon pulled it off about as well as you would expect in 2011 given his lack of experience sitting behind Russell Wilson for three seasons. Wilson’s transfer to Wisconsin after the N.C. State coaching staff thought he’d be better off chasing his baseball dreams elsewhere put Glennon in a tough spot, but in the end he came through, leading the team to a 8-5 record and bowl win in his first season as the starter.



Glennon was considered one of the top five high school quarterbacks in the country after leading his team to a state title, garnering the Gatorade and Associated Press Player of the Year in Virginia, and receiving numerous All-American honors as a senior. College recruiters in the Mid-Atlantic were already familiar with the Glennon family, as his older brother, Sean, quarterbacked for Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech from 2004 to 2008. He redshirted his first year on campus, then saw action in seven games in 2009 (24-39, 248 yards, one TD, two INT). Glennon only entered three games the next season (9-13, 78 yards) before getting his chance to lead his team as a junior. He started all 13 games in 2011, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Glennon's name started to gain steam in 2012, possibly due to the early success of Russell Wilson in the NFL, but the senior did himself some favors throwing for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions while completing 330 of 564 attempts. He did run for two touchdowns despite limited mobility, but Glennon totaled negative 164 yards rushing.

Analysis

Strengths

Progress as a passer began to show in the final three games of the year, connecting on 65 percent of his throws for 274 yards a game, 11 touchdowns and just two picks in wins over Clemson, Maryland and Louisville in the Belk Bowl. Uses his height to see receivers running open in the short and medium ranges, making accurate throws to lead them into open areas after the catch. His long legs don’t prevent him from running a pro-style attack, as he seems able to work from under center and run bootlegs. Arm strength is certainly sufficient to distribute the ball all over the field, and he can place it between defenders over the middle when his target sits down in zones.

Weaknesses

His average foot quickness will cause him issues trying to avoid defenders in a collapsing pocket. Tends to retreat instead of stepping up to deliver in the face of pressure -- though his arm gives him a chance to get the ball out of bounds or find an open target while still backpedalling. And while he has the arm and tight spiral to threaten defenses with the deep ball, his inconsistent accuracy and reading of coverages keep him from being efficient in the vertical game.

NFL Comparison

Joe Flacco

Bottom Line

The lean, strong-armed passer performed fairly well in a difficult situation (3,054 yards, 31 touchdowns) when asked to take over for Wolfpack legend Russell Wilson in 2011. If he improves his accuracy and pocket poise in his second season as a starter, as well as his ability to recognize what defenses are trying to takes away from him, scouts just might project him as an eventual starter.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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