Maryland offensive tackle O'Neil Glenn was "happy." Bruce McGonnigal went him one better: The Loyola High grad and Virginia tight end was "elated."
Both players were selected in the ninth round as the NFL draft concluded yesterday. Glenn, who went to the New England Patriots, was the first pick in the ninth round, No. 224 overall. McGonnigal was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the same round, No. 238 overall.
Glenn, a 6-foot-2, 283-pounder from Hempstead, N.Y., was Maryland's most consistent offensive lineman last season, with a grade of 82 percent. He twice was named Atlantic Coast Conference offensive lineman of the week.
"Some people didn't think I was going to get drafted," Glenn said. "I knew all along I was, and I'm happy that I did, but a little disappointed it was so late."
Glenn said New England coach Dick MacPherson told him on the phone he was a "big sleeper." If he was a big sleeper, Glenn wondered, why wasn't he taken earlier?
"It's a young team that's trying to rebuild," Glenn said. "I'd rather be with a team that needs players. Apparently they need at least four offensive linemen. I feel I have a good chance to make the team."
Glenn said he doesn't have an agent, but intends to get one, although as a ninth-round selection he has no illusions about becoming rich. He said he will consult with his high school coach, Jerry Horowitz, of John F. Kennedy High in the Bronx.
Glenn started only one year for the Terps. He came to Maryland from Nassau Community College and was hampered by a recurring leg injury until last year.
McGonnigal missed the last six games of his final year at Virginia last season with a damaged kidney and spleen. While house-sitting with his girlfriend, he fell six feet down a stairwell in the dark while looking for a deaf dog during a storm.
"Bruce is looking forward to catching up," said his mother, Katie McGonnigal. "He's excited, elated really."
The McGonnigals were surprised that Pittsburgh drafted him.
"The Steelers already have Eric Green, who beat out Bruce for All-Virginia when he was at Liberty College the year before," Katie McGonnigal said. "Then they drafted Adrian Cooper [of Oklahoma] on the fourth round this time. Bruce says Cooper is the best tight end he's been exposed to. So when they took Bruce, too, we were shocked."