Music City Bowl 2012: NC State QB Mike Glennon Hurts NFL Draft Stock in Loss

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 31, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 31: Mike Glennon #8 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack looks to pass the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 31, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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North Carolina State lost its first bowl matchup since 2008, and quarterback Mike Glennon has hurt his NFL stock in the same game. In the 38-24 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Wolf Pack and the senior quarterback really couldn't have played any worse.

A nationally televised game really could have been the door that helped open things up for the North Carolina State quarterback. Instead, the performance is something that may have knocked him completely out of the first round and could make things interesting in the second and third.

With guys such as Matt Barkley, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson in the mix, it would have taken a great combine to top those guys on the draft board. However, he could have easily trumped guys on the bubble such as Ryan Nassib and Tyler Bray with a great performance today.

You can simply forget about that now.

Glennon finished the game against Vanderbilt with three interceptions and only one touchdown pass.

Keep in mind that this was against a middle-of-the-road team in the SEC. Sure, the Commodores have had some serious success under head coach James Franklin, but they still aren't a loaded defense with elite athletes everywhere you look. If Glennon had a hard time in this matchup, the NFL isn't going to look pretty.

The numbers really don't even indicate just how bad the senior was in this matchup. He consistently forced the ball into places where he shouldn't have thrown it. He displayed a serious lack of mobility, and he couldn't step up to avoid pressure. When Vanderbilt got to Glennon is when the turnovers were forced and is when things got ugly for North Carolina State.

This really shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody who has followed the Wolf Pack this season, as Glennon has been really hot and cold throughout the year. He has played well in games against Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina, but he was horrendous against Tennessee, Virginia and now Vanderbilt.

There are a lot of things to like about Glennon. He has an unusual frame at 6'6", 232 pounds and a very long body that helps him see the field well. He also has arguably the strongest arm in this draft class and is capable of putting a little mustard on the ball when he needs to.

All of the tools are there that make for a player with tremendous upside, but performances like today's are too horrifying to overlook.

Glennon had a chance to make a name for himself and separate from the mediocre guys that have question marks heading into the draft in April. Unfortunately, it turns out the North Carolina State quarterback is still one of those guys that NFL teams will worry about.