Mike McGlinchey Scouting Report By Charlie Campbell
Strong run blocker
Can get movement in the ground game
Flashes quality technique
Athletic ability for his size
Ability to bend
Fires off the line
Has quick enough feet
Can bend at the knee
Can manipulate in the ground game
Good at pulling
Agile in space
Anchors well against bull rushes
Dependable pass protector
Very experienced as a 3-year starter
Less than ideal speed for a left tackle
Less than ideal feet for a left tackle
Less than ideal athleticism for a left tackle
Can have problems with speed rushers
Had issues with false start penalties in 2016
Summary: McGlinchey could have been the closest thing to a franchise left tackle in the 2017 NFL Draft, but he decided to return for his senior year. He wouldn't have been one of the best tackle prospects to come out in years, but he was a very good prospect with upside to be an impact-making left tackle. McGlinchey would have been a safer pick than the two tackles who went in the first round, because both Denver's Garett Bolles and New Orleans' Ryan Ramczyk were only 1-year starters in college. McGlinchey has impressed over the past three seasons as a starter for Notre Dame.
McGlinchey broke into starting lineup during his sophomore year - 2015 -, putting together an impressive season as a pass protector at right tackle with Ronnie Stanley manning the left side. In 2016, McGlinchey took over at left tackle after Stanley moved on to the NFL. McGlinchey had a fine season protecting DeShone Kizer and opening holes in the ground game. McGlinchey had a real problem with repeated false start penalties as a junior, but he has fixed that issue as a senior.
2017 has seen McGlinchey play his best football and perform superbly as a run blocker. The Fighting Irish have fielded a great rushing offense with McGlinchey opening a lot of holes. In the majority of games, he has been very good in pass protection. The only games in which he had real problems in protection were against Georgia and Miami.
As a run blocker, McGlinchey can create movement at the point of attack. He flashes heavy hands to push defenders out of their gaps and open holes for his back. McGlinchey has strength to start out his NFL career at right tackle and be a plus run blocker. Many NFL teams have right-handed rushing attacks, so putting a finesse tap-dancing college left tackle on the right side can be a detriment to the ground game. However, McGlinchey has the flexibility to play the right side and be a contributor in the rushing offense.
In pass protection, McGlinchey looked like a natural at left tackle as a junior, and he only improved as a senior. McGlinchey has solid feet and quickness to get depth in his kick slide and cut off edge rushers. He also displays a nice ability to bend at the knee, and that in combination with his feet, keeps him from having to reach after edge rushers very often. McGlinchey has nice recoverability and has been able to keep pressures from becoming sacks.
McGlinchey has good enough feet, quickness, and athleticism to be a left tackle at the next level, but he isn't elite in those areas. Top speed rushers can give him problems when they come flying around the edge. That wpoint as given evidence against Georgia and Miami during the 2017 season. McGlinchey could stand to improve his ability to get depth to cut off smaller, faster rushers. In the NFL, especially early in his career, he might need some help when he's going against a top pass-rusher.
That being said, McGlinchey did have a solid game and played well against N.C. State's Bradley Chubb in 2017, a potential top-10 pick and the best edge defender McGlinchey has faced as a senior. The 2016 game against Chubb was a mixed outing for McGlinchey, although that was also literally played in a hurricane.
McGlinchey's career performance has given evidence that he is a future starting left tackle in the NFL and a first-round pick. I think McGlinchey could be a quality starting left tackle with some Pro Bowl appearances during his career. I don't think McGlinchey will be an elite shut-down left tackle like a Joe Thomas, who can go against the best edge rushers in the league and erase them. Still, McGlinchey could be a solid starting left tackle and is worthy of a Thursday night selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Player Comparison: Duane Brown. Brown and McGlinchey are very similar. They are both plus run blockers who also can be solid in pass protection. While they are generally good in protection, they aren't shut-down left tackles and will give up some pressures and sacks against good rushers from time to time, with plenty of wins mixed in against those rushers as well. Both Brown and McGlinchey are assets in the run game and are better run blockers than typical left tackles. Brown was a late first-round pick, and McGlinchey could go in the middle to back portion for the first round as well.
NFL Matches: Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Denver, Seattle, Baltimore, Jacksonville and Philadelphia
There are a lot of teams that could be a fit for McGlinchey in the 2018 NFL Draft. Early in the first round, both the Buccaneers and the Bengals could consider a tackle upgrade. Tampa Bay probably will address more pressing needs though. Cincinnati definitely needs to improve its offensive line, so McGlinchey could be in play for the Bengals as the true replacement to Andrew Whitworth. If they draft McGlinchey, they could move Cedric Ogbuehi inside to guard.
Denver could use more offensive line help. If the Broncos miss out on a first-round quarterback or sign a signal-caller in free agency, taking a tackle like McGlinchey could make sense. They could move Garett Bolles to the right side and really improve their offensive line.
Seattle traded for Duane Brown recently, but he is an aging and declining veteran. McGlinchey could start out at right tackle, which would be an upgrade over Germain Ifedi. Ifedi could then move to left guard and improve that position over Luke Joeckel. In a few years, McGlinchey could then move to left tackle and replace Brown when his time is done in Seattle.
Baltimore could use an upgrade at right tackle, so reuniting McGlinchey and Ronnie Stanley could make sense for the Ravens.
The Jaguars' offensive line still needs work. McGlinchey could be better in pass protection than Cam Robinson. Robinson then could upgrade the Jacksonville line at guard or right tackle.
Philadelphia needs a left tackle of the future, but it is hard to see McGlinchey getting to the franchise's first-round pick. The Eagles could trade up for him, but they have dealt a lot of draft picks, meaning moving up could be difficult.