NFL Draft: Tampa Bay picks QB Mike Glennon, former Westfield star


2007 PHOTO — Former Westfield star Mike Glennon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Former Westfield star Mike Glennon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of Friday’s NFL Draft.

As a two year starter at North Carolina State, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound quarterback threw for 7,085 yards with 62 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. Glennon became the only player in Wolfpack history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns in two seasons.

Glennon was the 73rd overall pick, but just the third quarterback selected in draft devoid of highly-touted signal-callers. Florida State’s E.J. Manuel (Buffalo, 16th pick) was the long quarterback taken in the first round. The New York Jets picked West Virginia’s Geno Smith with the 39th overall pick on Friday.

A former All-Met Player of the Year, Glennon threw for 2,557 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior at Westfield in 2007, leading the Bulldogs to a 15-0 record and a Virginia AAA Division 6 title.

Tampa Bay currently has three quarterbacks listed on its roster, including starter Josh Freeman, who threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2012. Veteran Dan Orlovsky and former Minnesota star Adam Weber are also listed.

Glennon’s former high school coach, Tom Verbanic, called his former signal-caller a “high character kid” Friday, just moments after Glennon became the third Westfield player under Verbanic to get drafted. The trio includes Evan Royster, the former Penn State running back  who was drafted by the Redskins, as well as former Virginia Tech star Eddie Royal, who was drafted by the Denver Broncos and now plays for the San Diego Chargers.

Verbanic, who now coaches at Flint Hill, previously thought Glennon would be a good fit with the Buffalo Bills. On Friday, he maintained that the former Westfield star would find a way to make the field, no matter the competition.

“You knew he was going to go, just waiting to see him go,” Verbanic said of Glennon. “You’re sitting here thinking about when they played for you, and just thinking, you know, as a coach you were lucky to have kids like that on your team.”

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.

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