Greg Cosell: Mike Glennon better than Geno Smith


NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell hasn't shied away from bold statements at the quarterback position leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Cosell made waves when he labeled USC's Matt Barkley a third- or fourth-round talent. He then called Syracuse's Ryan Nassib a better prospect than West Virginia's Geno Smith. After hundreds of hours of tape-watching, Cosell continues to see the signal-caller hierarchy in a different light than the masses.

Cosell on Friday said he would "rather have" N.C. State's Mike Glennon than Smith.

"I would argue that, in my opinion, Glennon could (go) late in the first round and I wouldn't have a problem with that at all," Cosell told NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" on Friday. "As I talked about his attributes, I think he has probably -- of the quarterbacks in this class -- more of the attributes that you look for than maybe any other quarterback in this class."

Cosell sees the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Glennon as a passer willing to stand in the pocket and fire the ball into tight windows on third-and-long.

"I think the thing that stands out with him, first of all, his functional mobility for a big man is far better than people might give him credit for," Cosell said. "You see him move out of the pocket and make throws. He can do that. The thing I really like about him is his willingness to pull the trigger. You've got to do that in the NFL."

Glennon's decision-making must improve, Cosell acknowledged -- one reason he's not seen as a top 10 pick -- but "at the end of the day, he has traits and attributes you look for when you evaluate quarterbacks and transition them to the National Football League."

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