STRENGTHS- Glennon is a tall, strong armed quarterback with better athleticism than he gets credit for. He has the big league arm to make every NFL throw with ease and can really drive throws into tight windows when he strides into his throws. He will not force passes into bad spots to avoid sacks. While he will never make big plays scrambling with the ball, he has the foot quickness and agility to move/slide well within the pocket to avoid pressure when he feels/senses it. When he gets outside the pocket he has consistently shown the ability to throw accurately on the move, both on touch passes and on passes that need zip. He does a good job of identifying the defense pre-snap and makes the quick throw to receiver/tight-end who is in area vacated by blitzer.
WEAKNESSES - Glennon does not consistently stride into his throws and this leads to his intermediate (10 - 24 yards) accuracy not being great. He does not sense/feel pressure consistently; especially blindside pressure, which leads to him being sacked more than a player with his ability to move within the pocket should be. Additionally, he does not wrap-up the ball well while going through progressions which makes him more suceptible to fumbling. He is so risk-averse and will not force throws that he throws the ball away or checks it down very fast, which leads to too many stalled drives as he does this often on third downs when the defense blitzes and gets fast pressure. He must get over this fear of mistakes and be willing to rip some throws in order to keep some drives going. Despite reading the defense well pre-snap, he does not consistently judge the safeties ability to break and close on passes correctly which leads to some of his deep, sideline passes being broken up or intercepted. .
SUMMARY - Glennon is a unique prospect because after evaluating him off junior film I was not overly impressed and viewed him as more of a third or fourth round pick. However, he improved a lot from 2011 to 2012 and displayed many of the tools to become a solid starting quarterback in the NFL. The more I evaluated Glennon the more his playing style reminded me of Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan and interestingly both players through more interceptions during their senior seasons than most top quarterback prospects do. Glennon is going to need work on the area mentioned above in weaknesses, which is why I do not view him as an ideal rookie starter. However, I do believe that Glennon has the tools to develop into a quality starting quarterback. For him to do so he will need to do a better job of sensing blindside pressure and show more patience before throwing ball away on key downs in order to extend drives to put more points on the scoreboard and give the defense more time to rest.