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Potential Steelers Draft Pick Profiles: Cordy Glenn, OG/OT, Georgia

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Name: Cordy Glenn
Position: Offensive Lineman
School: Georgia
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 346 pounds

The offensive line has been a headache for several years now and as such the Steelers will be looking at all of the offensive line prospects in the draft.

The Steelers seem to have an affinity for offensive linemen that can play multiple positions. It's probably because over the last few years the Steelers line has been bitten hard by the injury bug time and time again so having someone who can play both guard and tackle, and on both sides of the line has proven to be an invaluable commodity.

One such player in this draft who has experience bouncing around the offensive line is Georgia left tackle Cordy Glenn. He played his freshman season starting at right guard, his sophomore year starting at both right and left guard, his junior he started at left guard, and played his entire senior year at left tackle. Some people look at him as a guard-only prospect while other think he can also play right tackle. I feel, with a little refinement, he can play left tackle.

Pros: Like most men of his size Glenn is the definition of a road-grader. When he gets his arms locked onto a defender it's pretty much over for him. He's not just big but has a massive frame that easily supports his weight. He also has quick feet and is good at getting to the second level. Glenn was a 4-year starter at UGA in the always tough SEC and has played right guard, left guard, and spent his final year playing left tackle. It's that sort of versatility that will make him an attractive option to the Steelers.

His 5.15 time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine on Saturday is among the top quarter of all offensive linemen, and his 31 reps of 225 pounds shows he's got the strength to play the position.

Cons: Glenn relies on his physical abilities far too much and because of it he plays with sloppy technique far too often. He's a waist bender which makes him susceptible to speed rushers which is why he'll have to start out playing guard. He is also slow off of the snap. These are things that can be correctable but it means he is far from a finished product.

Draft Stock: Right now Glenn will probably go somewhere in the latter half of the first round. He could go as early as the 17th pick to Cincy who needs an upgrade at guard over Nate Livings and may need to replace Bobbie Williams if he leaves in free agency. Also it seems like Cincinnati has an affinity for UGA players taking several of them in the early rounds during Marvin Lewis' tenure. San Diego, Chicago, Tennessee, and even Detroit could all take Glenn ahead of the Steelers. Most teams are going to look at Cordy Glenn as a guard-only prospect with the potential to maybe play right tackle.

Final Word: I really like Glenn's durability and starting experience, and you can't teach size. Because of his massive frame he can play at 350lbs., but if he did loose the extra 20lbs. of weight he is carrying I think it would really help him compete for the left tackle spot. Most of his faults are fixable with the right coaching. There's a chance he will be available with the Steelers pick at 24 but if they really like him the may have to trade up 4 or 5 spots to get him. Because offensive line help is such a priority I would be all for that as long as they don't have to give up a second round pick to do so. Glenn could immediately come in and secure one guard spot and could play tackle as well if needed or be groomed for it in the future.

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Steelers to release Hines Ward

Somehow it just doesn’t seem right, ending this way for Hines Ward. He’s supposed to be the guy that rides off into the sunset on a black ‘n gold stallion much like Jerome Bettis did after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL. The NFL is a business though and anybody who’s a Steeler fan or an NFL fan saw this coming sooner or later; you hate to see it happen but you just knew it was inevitable.
Ward made a statement this evening via his Facebook page: This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end. I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago. I want to thank the organization, my teammates and coaches and everyone who made my run as a Steeler the best years of my life. To Mr. Rooney, thank you for allowing me to play for one of the greatest organizations in the world. To my fans and in particular, Steeler Nation, thank you for your support and all the great memories. I gave my heart and soul for you...

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Hines’ time as a Steelers wide receiver over after being released

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The Steelers told Ward, their all-time leading receiver and MVP of Super Bowl XL, that they plan to release him before March 13, the start of the NFL's new year.

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Steelers Set to Release Hines Ward

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Four plays into Week 7 of the 2008 season, Hines Ward authored perhaps his most lasting legacy in Pittsburgh.

Squaring off against an overmatched Bengals team, Ward released on a flare pass to TE Matt Spaeth, before coming back toward the ball - the way an aggressive football player should.

Ward sized up his target, rookie LB Keith Rivers - a guy who had at least 50 pounds and two inches on Ward.

Rivers, who was in active pursuit of Spaeth, didn't see Ward coming.

POW!

There is now, and forever will be, a rule attributed to the fiercest blocking receiver this game has ever seen. There is a Hines Ward Rule because Hines Ward rules. The league was forced to change the game because a 6-foot, 200-pound former quarterback turned 3rd-round wide receiver - with no ACL in his left knee - does not play nice with others in the sandbox.

Ward played his last game as a Steeler in the 2011 playoffs, an overtime loss at Denver. The game will see the last of Ward soon enough, because there will never again be another player like Hines Ward.

Never before has a highly accomplished offensive player been feared because of his desire. Defensive players don't like the fact Ward doesn't ask for permission to smack them in the mouth. Defensive players didn't like Hines Ward, period.

An instigator, a firebrand. Ward led the smashmouth Steelers during years of dominant run games. He managed to catch 80-100 passes during those years, along with lead-blocking for future Hall of Fame RB Jerome Bettis. He also managed to lay out several defensive players, regardless of size, stature or score.

Rivers was certainly no exception, but it was the last ferocious hit the league would allow little Ward to inflict. Defensive players were now protected from violent offensive players. The whining from defensive players who didn't learn the cardinal rule of open field defense - keep your head on a swivel - led to a rule named after Ward.

Maybe they should call it the Keith Rivers Rule. A rule protecting Tom Brady is called the "Tom Brady Rule."

Ward became the poster child for moderately-sized players for an entire generation. While that generation listened to countless broadcasters and stuffed shirts praise every movement of Brett Favre as "youthful," and "exuberant," there was Ward, much more in-line with Favre's imprinted legacy of simply "being a football player."

How many Super Bowl MVPs are known for blocking? How many of them have won team-awarded Walter Payton Man of the Year trophies? And how many of them have 1,000 career catches?

This may come off as announcing Ward's retirement from the game, but Steelers fans know they're going to have to usher Ward out of the game with armed security guards. He's got game left in him.

Ward will play again. He'll bash someone (legally or not, neither we nor he cares). He'll smile.

And we'll all think fondly of him, hoping -- praying -- one day he returns to Heinz Field to celebrate his championships; hoping -- praying -- that he knows that none of us will ever look at anyone else wearing No. 86 and think he could ever have the same kind of impact on a team that Ward did.

We do hope the throngs of fans of his next team will get to share in what Steelers fans have appreciated for the past 14 years. Aggressiveness. Leadership. Will. Fun.

There isn't a set of four words that can describe Hines Ward any better. Unless they are these three:

Hall. Of. Fame.



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