Bucs draft N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon
The Bucs have considered bringing in competition for quarterback Josh Freeman, whose uneven play has frustrated coaches at times.
Whether or not Mike Glennon qualifies remains to be seen, but the Bucs must have some conviction about him after selecting him in the third round of the NFL draft tonight.
Glennon, from N.C. State, has perhaps the strongest arm of any quarterback in this draft, but his lack of consistent accuracy is a concern. Still, Glennon is a player who fits in the pro game, having played in a pro-style offense with the Wolfpack. Though he lacks mobility, he said his understanding of offensive concepts will make his transition to the NFL easier than many other quarterbacks.
Glennon, the successor to former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, ranks third in school history with 646 completions and 7,411 passing yards. He started his final 26 games, posting in 2012 the sixth-best season for an ACC quarterback with 3,867 yards of total offense.
Glennon, 6-6 ½ and 220 pounds, was the third quarterback taken behind only E.J. Manuel of Florida in the first round and Geno Smith of West Virginia in the second.
He was a recruiting target of Bucs coach Greg Schiano when he was at Rutgers, but Glennon, a Virginia native, ultimately told Schiano he preferred to play in the ACC rather than the Big East.
Mike Glennon at a glance
School: N.C. State
Height, weight: 6-7, 225 pounds
Hometown: Centreville, VA
College: He redshirted his first year on campus, then saw action in seven games in 2009 (24-39, 248 yards, one TD, two INT). Glennon only entered three games the next season (9-13, 78 yards) before getting his chance to lead his team as a junior. He started all 13 games in 2011, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Glennon’s name started to gain steam in 2012, throwing for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions while completing 330 of 564 attempts as a senior.
High school: Glennon was considered one of the top five high school quarterbacks in the country after leading his team to a state title, garnering the Gatorade and Associated Press Player of the Year in Virginia, and receiving numerous All-American honors as a senior.
Personal: Older brother Sean quarterbacked Virginia Tech from 2004-2008.