Vanderbilt won’t simply have a chance to sour Mike Glennon’s final college game. The Commodores can also weaken the quarterback’s draft stock.
Glennon and the Wolfpack take on Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Dec. 31 at LP Field. The bowl will serve as a platform for the graduate student to make his case to NFL scouts that he is first-round material.
He doesn’t have to win over Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN’s longtime NFL Draft analyst believes Glennon is a top 15 pick and the best quarterback available in April’s draft.
“Mike Glennon could be the quarterback that could be the first off the board,” Kiper said earlier this week. “Which is a little bit of a curveball from what would have been a couple months ago when you had Matt Barkley, Geno Smith and Logan Thomas all in that mix.”
But in a watered-down quarterback class, Kiper thinks Glennon possesses the tools and qualities NFL executives drool over. At 6-foot-6 and 232 pounds, he exudes ideal NFL size and strength — not to mention production.
For the second straight year, he threw for at least 30 touchdowns. He is just one shy of tying his career-high 31, which he had in 2011 to tie for the second-most in school history Among N.C. State quarterbacks only Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick in 2004 and the current San Diego Chargers starter, had more.
Glennon, a former backup to Russell Wilson, who is a rookie with the Seattle Seahawks, leads the ACC this year with 3,648 yards (304 per game) and has completed 57.7 percent of his passes. He has thrown 14 interceptions, which is tied with Thomas of Virginia Tech for the most in the conference.
He was also sacked 36 times for the second most in the ACC. Kiper sees that as doing more with less.
On a team with a shaky offensive line and inconsistent running game, Glennon slung the ball around. Three Wolfpack receivers have 40 catches or more and Bryan Underwood leads the team with 10 touchdown receptions.
“He has the size. He has the arm,” Kiper said. “He has the mobility within the framework of the pocket, the maneuverability within the pocket. He didn’t have a great supporting cast around him. He is going to be at the Senior Bowl. That is going to be an important week down in Mobile. But I would say Mike Glennon has a chance, a very good chance, to emerge as maybe a top 15 pick in the first round and certainly be the first quarterback off the board.”