2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Mike McGlinchey
School: Notre Dame
Ht: 6'8" Wt: 315
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Evaluated by: Austin Smith
After playing his first two years at right tackle across from eventual top-10 pick Ronnie Stanley, McGlinchey moved over to the left side as a junior. Notre Dame offensive linemen always tend to be technically-sound players and he's no exception. Still, McGlinchey shocked the scouting world when he chose to return as opposed to being one of the top tackles in the 2017 class. Like most in that class, he fits better as a right tackle but has enough athleticism to be serviceable on the left. The group of tackles in 2018 may not have a more polished player but McGlinchey will have some competition in a number of prospects that are more athletic than him, with the potential to be more suitable on the blind side.
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, McGlinchey 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. McGlinchey uses his hands well, and while he doesn't have the most gifted feet, he does keep them active. McGlinchey also absorbs power well. When opponents decide to bull-rush him, he punches, sinks his hips, and his lower body absorbs that power without giving up much ground. The only time I have seen him have trouble in this area is when he gets too high but that doesn't happen often.
I wish McGlinchey played with the same power moving forward that he does moving backward, but he has made significant improvement as a senior. In the run game, he gets caught lunging too often and isn't as good in the open field. McGlinchey 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 McGlinchey 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. McGlinchey times his release well and makes solid contact on the second defender.
His average athleticism makes me think McGlinchey will struggle on the left in the NFL more than most teams will like. I think he could play there in a pinch, but the quicker defensive ends are going to give him problems. He is much better suited to play on the right, and could likely start there immediately. His character is beyond reproach, and he should grow into a leader on his team's offensive line. He also has a nasty streak and tends to block to the whistle. I will be interested to see if he chooses to play in the Senior Bowl. The one-on-one drills will certainly give us a chance to see him compete against a number of different pass-rushers, and he would certainly be one of the top attractions. A week of him living up to the expectations would solidify his draft stock in the first round.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Ryan Schraeder (Atlanta Falcons)
- Elite size and reach
- Technically sound player
- Terrific lower-body strength
- Nasty demeanor
- High character with leadership ability
- Only above-average athlete
- Not great in the open field
- Occasionally plays too high and lunges
|Scouting Video Courtesy of Draft Breakdown|
1)   Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey on last play vs. Georgia: 'I blew it'   - IndyStar.com |
2)   Notre Dame all-American Mike McGlinchey to savor his final season   - Philly.com |
3)   IRISH INSIDER
Leaving a legacy: Mike McGlinchey cements place as leader for Notre Dame
- NDSMObserver.com |
4)   Mike McGlinchey Twitter