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Round 3: Mike Glennon

April 30, 2013 at 12:50am by Scott   •  10 Comments »


With their third round pick, the Bucs took quarterback Mike Glennon out of NC State. I knew Mike from his season opener against Tennessee in 2012 (which the Volunteers won, by the way (although they didn’t win many more after that)) and thought he had a great arm but poor accuracy and limited pocket presence. He’s a good leader and is clean off the field, but I honestly didn’t think this was a good value for this pick for what he brings to the table. I’ve heard the comparisons to Joe Flacco and I guess I see the height and arm strength (Flacco still has the better arm) similarities, but Flacco was always more accurate. Glennon reminds me more of Derek Anderson, which makes him a solid backup, but no threat to Josh Freeman.

John Jenkins (Georgia) was still on the board and could have been a good NT to replace Roy Miller. Dallas Thomas (Tennessee) was also available and would have provided solid competition at RT. If the Bucs wanted to improve on Dan Orlovsky, Glennon may eventually be that guy. But I wouldn’t trust a game to him in 2013.

As long as I’m talking about quarterbacks, let me answer the “Why didn’t Tyler Bray get drafted?” question. It definitely surprised me. I thought he had a fifth-round value but that some team would overdraft him because teams overdraft quarterbacks every year. Not this year. They saw that the crop of quarterbacks was subpar and they stuck to their boards. Good for them, but tough for the kid who declared for the draft knowing that teams always pay a premium for a big arm. But Bray is a known jackass. Nothing terrible — mostly college prank stuff — but he doesn’t handle adversity on the field well, either, and that’s the dealbreaker. So the guy who probably had the best arm in the draft went unselected and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chiefs. He should have stayed in school. Everyone knew it, except apparently him and his agent.

10 Comments to “Round 3: Mike Glennon”

Mark S

Mark S (April 30, 2013 at 09:26am:

I agree with Scott on Glennon. I live in Raleigh and have a local perspective on NC State. Glennon cost the head coach his job. That alone should say buyer beware. He was not good value for the third round. Fourth, maybe but worth a fifth. The more I think about this pick the less I like it.


manbearpig (April 30, 2013 at 10:15am:

Chris Simms part duex.


TheBrainStem (April 30, 2013 at 11:22am:

A++ on the clicky!


jampersands (April 30, 2013 at 01:20pm:

I was rooting hard for John Jenkins with that pick. Would’ve much preferred Jenkins in Rd 3, then Landry Jones in Rd 4.

Sounds like the Bucs love guys who can toss the ball 75 yards, but couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn at 10 yards out.

Like a taller, less mobile Kyle Boller.

Matt Price

Matt Price (April 30, 2013 at 05:08pm:

I’m not worried about it. I think they picked him in the 3rd because that’s credible enough to scare Freeman, but not so high that fans will clamor for him to replace Freeman.

And if he pans out, then we have a solid backup for 10-12 years. If not, we try to make him look good and ship him off for draft picks to some desperate team.


HouseofG (May 01, 2013 at 02:16pm:

If they reached to pick him to send a message to Freeman, that would make the pick that much worse an idea. The pick just makes no sense however you look at it given the VERY high probability that he’d be around for at least another round. Just bizarre.


xljohnr316 (May 02, 2013 at 12:41am:

I don’t know. Hindsight is always 20/20. I don’t think, given the history of past drafts, that the QBs would last well into the fourth or fifth rounds. This was Shiano’s guy, and he fell to us in the third, so he went ahead and got him. I like the pick okay. His best skills are the same that Freeman has and his weaknesses are pretty much the same as well. This will allow the coaches to work with both of them on the same things, and if Freeman has to come out of the game for some reason, they can stick Glennon in there and continue to run with the same playbook.


BamBamBuc (May 02, 2013 at 01:08pm:

I’m cool with Spence in the 4th at DT. Combined with Gibson and Landri, any of them can eat up double teams (and a few double cheeseburgers). So, instead of Jenkins, I’d have taken Damontre Moore at DE. Not as big a need as DT, but more a need than backup QB. Moore had good numbers on the field, and only dropped due to the combine, and people started questioning his work ethic. Well, that’s the same knock on Gholston, who we got in the 4th, but Gholston doesn’t have the #’s to back him up, Moore does. I’d much rather see a DL of Clayborn, Bowers, Moore, Teo-Nesheim at DE and GMC, Spence, Gibson, Landri at DT. So, we’d then have Landry Jones or Tyler Bray as a backup QB, who really cares if Free actually plays well. If he doesn’t, they’ll draft Bridgewater, Fales, or Manziel next year anyway. I’d rather see one of them starting for us next year as a rookie than Glennon. Knocks on Glennon: poor accuracy, rattles easy under pressure, doesn’t move well. Sounds like Freeman, other than the moving well part. And Free is ok under pressure, if the pressure is being down in the 4th quarter and needing a comeback.

worker b

worker b (May 03, 2013 at 07:48pm:

Next year’s crop of QBs is what makes the pick maddening to me. This will be Freeman’s make or break year with the Bucs and Glennon’s not going to be competing for anything unless the team makes a disastrous nosedive. I doubt he’ll be any more ready next year than Bridgewater, etc., either, even with a year of holding a clipboard.


BamBamBuc (May 04, 2013 at 03:23pm:

Next year’s QB class could be the reason this is the “worst” pick. If the Bucs choose NOT to draft a QB in the 1st next year because Freeman had a bad year this year and we have Glennon, it would be the biggest mistake. I understand Glennon the backup, but to pass on legitimate talent next year because we drafted a guy this year would make this pick one of the worst ever.

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