2017 NFL Draft
Scouting Report
Prospect:  Mike McGlinchey


School:          Notre Dame
Ht:  6'7"       Wt:  310
Eligibility:      SR
Uniform:       #68
Position:      OL

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After playing his entire career at right tackle across from eventual top-10 pick Ronnie Stanley, McGlinchey moves over to the left side as a junior. Notre Dame offensive linemen always tend to be technically sound players and he is just the same. Like most eligible tackles this year, McGlinchey fits better on the right side, and while he could choose to return to school, a weak class could ensure he is one of the top tackles drafted.

McGlinchey has elite size for the position. He is tall with very long arms that make it difficult for defenders to get their hands on him. As I mentioned earlier, he also has terrific technique. He gets a quick jump off the snap and settles into position in pass protection. Because of that and his size, it makes it incredibly difficult for defenders to beat him to the edge without getting a terrific jump themselves. He uses his hands well, and while he doesn't have the most gifted feet, he does keep them active. He also absorbs power as well as anyone in this draft. When opponents decide to bull-rush him, he punches, sinks his hips, and his lower body absorbs that power without giving up much ground.

I wish he played with the same power moving forward that he does moving backward. In the run game, he gets caught lunging too often and isn't as good in the open field. He is much better driving defensive lineman off the ball. He has big, strong hands and once he gets locked onto players, he drives them out of the play. Because of that, and his lack of athleticism in the open field, I would consider him a better fit for a power-blocking scheme. He also tends to have much better results getting to the second level when he is chipping. He times his release well and makes solid contact on the second defender.

His average athleticism makes me think he will struggle on the left in the NFL. I think he could play there in a pinch, but the quicker defensive ends are going to give him problems. He is much more suited to play on the right, and could likely start there immediately. His character is very good, and he should grow into a leader on any offensive line he ends up playing for. He also has a nasty streak and tends to block to the whistle. He could certainly choose to return to school in an attempt to improve on the awful junior year the Fighting Irish are having, but I'm not sure what he has left to prove in college. He isn't going to suddenly develop the kind of athleticism that Laremy Tunsil had last year coming out of Ole Miss. I also don't see much room to improve his technique. He is ready for the NFL, and if his athleticism at least proves to be above average, he should hear his name called in the first round next April.

Compares to (Current NFL Player): Ricky Wagner (Baltimore Ravens) or Jake Long (Minnesota Vikings)

- Elite size and reach
- Technically sound player
- Terrific lower-body strength
- Nasty demeanor
- High character with leadership ability

- Above-average athlete
- Not great in the open field
- Occasionally plays too high and lunges

Austin Smith
November 19, 2016

1)   http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2668032-notre-dame-captain-mike-mcglinchey-surprised-by-autistic-brother-at-game   - BleacherReport.Com
2)   IRISH INSIDER Timeless: Mike McGlinchey leads offensive line, Irish as captain   - NDSMCObserver.com
3)   Notebook: Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey committed to smoothing out flaws   - NDInsider.com
4)   Mike McGlinchey Twitter
5)   Mike McGlinchey Instagram

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