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MAHONE: NFL draft has Southern Crescent flavor

Derrick Mahone

Derrick Mahone

I’ve never met Cordy Clenn, but I’m definitely excited for him.

He is on the verge of history and shining another positive spotlight on the Southern Crescent.

The mammoth offensive lineman is about to see his NFL draft come true. If you are to believe the draft experts, late Thursday night NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be calling the former Riverdale High and Georgia lineman’s name before the end of the first round.

That, in itself, will be history for the area. No player from Clayton or Henry counties has ever been drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Even if the 350-pound Glenn slips to the second round, that would still be the highest a player from the Southern Crescent has been taken.

But here’s hoping that Glenn’s name gets called early.

NFL scouts, coaches, general managers and draft analysts have been impressed with Glenn’s size, but it is two other tangibles that make him a hot commodity — his will and determination.

Throw in size and talent with will and determination, and you have the making of a high draft pick.

He played both guard and tackle at Georgia. With that in mind, NFL teams will have the flexibility to move him around on the line.

What makes Glenn even more attractive to teams is that he can play the all important left tackle position. “His versatility is a big plus,” Pro Football Weekly draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki has been quoted as saying. “They asked him to put on a lot of weight last season. . . . I don’t think he played his best football at the higher weight. I think he’d be a lot better at closer to 300 pounds ...

“He’s going to be a first-round pick. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t go in the top 20, given the demand on the left tackle position.”

Being versatile could boost well for Glenn, whose 50 college starts ties him for all-time best at Georgia.

Of all the incredibly talented players that have come through the Southern Crescent, it is amazing that no one has been taken higher than the third round.

Glenn could make that breakthrough with the early call of his name on Thursday.

“There’s been a lot of good players to come out of Clayton County,” Glenn said. “That would definitely be something I’d be very proud of.”

And the Southern Crescent would be proud of him.

Derrick Mahone is the sports editor for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at dmahone@news-daily.com. Follow him on twitter @derrickmahone_.