2012 NFL Draft player comparisons: Cordy Glenn and Zach Brown

Part of the fun of being a fan of the NFL Draft is comparing players in the upcoming class to those already in the NFL. We're going to start doing that looking at one player on offense and one on defense every week. Just keep in mind that comparisons are often made on best-case scenarios.

Player: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Comparison: Max Starks, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

Going into this season, Glenn was widely considered to be only a guard prospect. But watching him more this season, he has the skill set to line up at tackle. Although it may not be on the left side, he could be an ideal right tackle and a fill-in at times on the right side. He's not quite as big or long as Starks, but their power style is similar. Like Starks, fast ends can give Glenn trouble. Starks has never been a superstar tackle in the NFL, but he's been dependable for years. Teams can strive for franchise players in the first round all they want, but securing a reliable starter can be just as important.



Player: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Comparison: Lance Briggs, OLB, Chicago Bears

When you see Brown move around the field, it's nearly impossible to not picture the venerable Bears weakside linebacker. Both players have unique movement skills for a linebacker and it helps them get after the run and drop into coverage. While Brown has a way to go in his coverage ability, he has the athleticism to excel. Brown also has similar negatives as Briggs. They both have trouble taking on blockers and working through the pile. But like Briggs, if Brown can be put into the right system, he should succeed.
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