Tuesday, April 23, 2013
On Bears' reported visit with Mike Glennon
By Kevin Seifert
Jason La Canfora's report for CBSSports.com is a reminder that the Chicago Bears should not be ruled out as a candidate to draft a quarterback, despite their relatively limited number of draft picks.
According to La Canfora, the Bears were scheduled to work out NC State quarterback Mike Glennon. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. rates Glennon as the draft's fourth-best quarterback, and he seems likely to be drafted before the end of the second round.
We discussed the issue earlier this month, noting that Bears starter Jay Cutler is entering the final year of his contract. Perhaps the Bears are looking to hedge their bet against Cutler's future, but I also think they would simply like to take advantage of hiring a quarterback guru as their new head coach.
If Marc Trestman is as good with quarterbacks as the Bears hope, they would be missing an opportunity not to draft them regularly and see if they can be converted into commodities. If nothing else, those quarterbacks could develop into competent and cheap backups rather than require an annual foray into free agency to find Cutler's backup.
Glennon is a strong-armed 6-foot-6 pocket passer who played at one of the schools that Trestman worked for during his career as an assistant. He was part of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden's QB Camp this spring, and Gruden wrote he was the "classic prototype" quarterback whose traits, in an age of mobility expectations, "might not be worth quite what they used to be." Still, Gruden concluded, he can make "absolutely any throw."