Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down one of my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of injuries, poor pre-draft workouts or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.
20. Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey
6-foot-8, 309 pounds
Key stats: Started 39-of-51 career games at either right or left tackle.
The skinny: The first cousin of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, McGlinchey grew up in a football family. The four-star prospect was recruited nationally out of the Philadelphia area but signed with the Irish and redshirted in 2013. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, he played in all 13 games, predominantly on special teams (blocking a field goal vs. Northwestern) before playing most of the snaps vs. USC in the regular-season finale and earning his first career start at right tackle in the Music City Bowl against LSU.
McGlinchey started all 13 games at right tackle as a sophomore in 2015 and then moved to left tackle in 2016, starting the entire season (12 games) there and being named second-team All-America by the AP. He was named captain in 2016 and 2017, and he remained the team’s starter at left tackle last season, when he was named Walter Camp All-America first team.
Notre Dame’s offensive line won the Joe Moore Award for best unit in the country. A fifth-year senior, McGlinchey opted not to perform at the Senior Bowl. He chose not to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine, and he was excused from the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill after suffering a right hamstring pull in OL drills there. McGlinchey stood on his combine workout at Notre Dame’s pro day.
Upside: Former tight end (and prep hoops player) who moves naturally and athletically. Bends and moves well for a man with his length. Controlled, precise footwork — little wasted movement and few false steps. Explosive athletic ability. By no means an elite athlete but way more than functional movement skills. Great on pulling blocks and highly efficient in the zone-run series.
Keeps his feet moving on contact. Uses nice little pitter-patter movement in short pass sets and on runs (or RPOs) and always appears ready to reset and adjust. Keeps his balance well. Able to work to the second level and hit moving targets. Nice hands to work up through defenders. Effective as the lead man on screens, draws and delays.
Sneaky power in his punch. Good in short-yardage situations, either working laterally or straight ahead. Typically wins those paydirt battles. Very effective on combo blocks. Cut way back on penalties — from 12 in 2016 to three last season. Almost never let his quarterbacks get clobbered. Trustworthy blindside pass blocker. After getting beat a few times early against NC State’s Bradley Chubb in 2016 meeting (in a monsoon), McGlinchey rebounded with nice head-to-head reps against the top-five prospect, especially in 2017 game.
Can turn defenders horizontal and neutralize them. Flashes a solid kickslide, uses a wide base and keeps square to the line of scrimmage. This is nice work here vs. Stanford on a longer-developing pass play, as McGlinchey stones the initial move of Cardinal LB Mike Tyler, mirrors and rebounds well to handle the counter spin on what would be a long TD pass:
Not a tricky evaluation for scouts — pretty high floor as a prospect. Great technical form. Extremely well-schooled by former Irish assistant Harry Hiestand (now with the Chicago Bears, one of the most respected offensive line coaches at any level of football). Two-time captain and excellent ambassador for the program. Highly respected by teammates and coaches alike. Clean medical history.
Downside: Very lean frame — could stand to add bulk and core strength. Average arm length (and hand size) and will bend his elbows too much. Gives opponents too big a target. Can be shocked by good power rushers who get their hands inside and bull rush. Catches a lot of blocks. Man on man, straight ahead, he rarely overpowers defenders with above-average size or strength.
Speed rushers also can get around him. Can rise too fast out of his stance, especially against quicker players. Susceptible to counter moves inside. When he sometimes gets leaning too far upfield, he is unable to rebound. Loses some hand-fighting battles against very active, longer-armed defenders. Can dive and miss on cut-block attempts — sometimes fails to use his length and athleticism effectively.
Hard to know exactly what his responsibility was on this play, but McGlinchey allows the Miami (Fla.) blitzer to come free around the edge and then fails to get enough of the man he does pick up who is looping inside for a pressure and a collapsed pocket:
Benefitted from playing next to one of the best OG prospects in the past several years in Quenton Nelson. Some felt Nelson could have played left tackle at Notre Dame as well, if not better, than McGlinchey did.
Best-suited destination: McGlinchey has extensive experience at left and right tackle, as well as blocking both zone and gap concepts, and will likely step in at either spot as a Day 1 starter as a rookie. It might take him a few years to reach peak form, but he has a high floor. Among the teams that could be good fits for McGlinchey include the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers.
Quotable: “[McGlinchey] and Quenton Nelson are outstanding players. Having to play against them is definitely getting ready for the NFL. Very athletic. Mike McGlinchey is a long guy. Just having to work against him … was a test of what’s to come.” — Bradley Chubb at the NFL scouting combine
Player comp: Taylor Decker
Expected draft range: Top-25 pick
50. Oregon RB Royce Freeman
49. South Dakota State TE Dallas Goedert
48. LSU DE-LB Arden Key
47. Ohio State C Billy Price
46. Alabama S Ronnie Harrison
45. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph
44. Texas A&M S Armani Watts
43. South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst
42. UCF CB Mike Hughes
41. USC RB Ronald Jones II
40. Maryland WR D.J. Moore
39. UTEP OG Will Hernandez
38. Stanford DT Harrison Phillips
37. Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard
36. Stanford S Justin Reid
35. Oregon OT Tyrell Crosby
34. SMU WR Courtland Sutton
33. Penn State TE Mike Gesicki
32. Colorado CB Isaiah Oliver
31. Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn
30. Texas A and M WR Christian Kirk
29. Alabama LB Rashaan Evans
28. Alabama WR Calvin Ridley
27. Michigan DT Maurice Hurst
26. Texas OT Connor Williams
25. Georgia RB Sony Michel
24. LSU RB Derrius Guice
23. Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch
22. Florida DT Taven Bryan
21. Wyoming QB Josh Allen