Sep 24, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies safety Justin Glenn (20) celebrates after stopping the California Golden Bears on the goal line in the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Washington defeated California 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
While Desmond Trufant may have been the only Husky drafted, he may not be only Washington rookie on the field next season.
It was unlikely that there would be another Husky picked and that held true, but safety Justin Glenn will get a tryout with the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
Now, the Chiefs are pretty bad, as noted by their No. 1 overall selection in the past draft. But the safety position seems to be one of solidarity for the Chiefs. Of course, Glenn won’t even get a sniff at a starting, or even backup, safety slot.
Most late-round picks and undrafted free agents barely get a shot, let alone a player who just gets a tryout.
That tryout is scheduled for May 9, during a Chiefs mini-camp and will presumably be for a spot on the practice squad or special teams unit if Glenn is lucky. Needless to say, he will have to work for the position, just like the rest of his football career.
Seeing as he is trying out for a team that won two games a year ago, rather than one that won 12, Glenn has to like his chances already. Typically losing teams have issues with depth and that is exactly what the 5’11” safety can provide.
He has experience at both safety positions as well as a little experience at linebacker. He was also named the Huskies’ Special Teams Player of the Year last season.
Glenn will add valuable depth on the practice squad for the Chiefs with the ability to move around and if he impresses Andy Reid and the rest of the coaching staff, he could earn a spot on the special teams unit.
After starting 26 straight games in his final two seasons as a Husky, Glenn was named an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and is now getting a shot in the pros.
Even if the Chiefs don’t see him as a fit, just getting a look in the NFL bodes well for Glenn. If he chooses so, he’ll have plenty of options in Canada. We all know what kind of players can come out of the CFL (cough…Brandon Browner…cough).
With the versatility and special teams play he brings to the table, Glenn’s football career should be far from over, despite not getting drafted.