Notre Dame has become an offensive line factory recently, and this year is no different. Mike McGlinchey is another fighting Irish that will be an early draft pick.
McGlinchey is a massive man standing around 6’7″ and weighing roughly 300 pounds. McGlinchey has all the size scouts look for in a tackle, he has plenty of length to keep defenders off of his body. The only question for McGlinchey during the coming offseason will be his height. 6’7″ is on the taller side for offensive tackles, which means that when the game is in it’s later stages, McGlinchey will have to really focus on keeping his pad level down.
One thing a lot of tall tackles struggle with is setting their anchor. When talking about setting the anchor that means when a defender tries to bull rush the tackle, they can drop their hips and stand their ground. Setting an anchor involves a lot of pad level. If a defensive end gets under the tackle’s pads on a bull rush, the tackle can be put on the ground. McGlinchey does an excellent job of keeping his pad level down so that he can absorb the defender and set his anchor.
When you watch the NFL Combine there is no way to avoid hearing the phrase knee bender, especially when referring to offensive tackles. When tackles in the NFL bend at the waist to block ends it throws the tackle off balance, which allows the defender to shed the block. One positive about McGlinchey is he seems to be a natural knee bender, which allows him to keep a good base with the balance to sustain blocks. Very rarely does McGlinchey get over his toes and lose balance, and that is something a lot of college tackles can’t say.
One thing that worries me is how much McGlinchey struggles against speed rushers. McGlinchey’s feet get too close together when he tries to set against faster speed rushers, which can cause him to struggle to keep up with the defender. That shouldn’t really be a problem when he gets to the NFL, he should be able to clean that up. He doesn’t cross his feet over, they just get a little too tight, which is very fixable.
A few little things I mentioned in my notes, first being that occasionally McGlinchey’s hands are low and outside before contact, a long distance on the punch increases inaccuracy. In the NFL a missed punch means a missed block is very likely. I also noted that I think that McGlinchey is so concerned with getting beat around the edge that he can struggle to close the door on defenders, meaning that he lets them get the inside rush lane on him.
One thing I love about McGlinchey is his mean streak between the whistles. McGlinchey loves to bury defenders, and he will drive them over the pile any time he is given the chance. He climbs to the second level pretty well, however, he will never be confused for one of the more athletic tackles in the NFL. Mike McGlinchey understands how to climb to the second level with good angles, so he can cut off linebackers.
McGlinchey does a good job of moving his feet to drive defenders off the ball. He does an excellent job of driving his feet, which allows him to stay on blocks. One thing that I would like to see more from McGlinchey is control when he is pulling. He can lunge when he pulls, but I doubt that will be a regular duty for him in the NFL.
In the days of every NFL team looking for a hyper-athletic offensive lineman, McGlinchey could fall in the draft. However, I personally think McGlinchey has the highest floor of any tackle in this years class. He could be what scouts call “maxed out”, however, I think that McGlinchey is a day one starter for some teams.
Pro Comp: Taylor Decker
Round Projection: 1st-2nd