A year ago it might have sounded crazy to ask this question, but could Notre Dame left tackle Mike McGlinchey – a consensus 1st team All-American – fall out of the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft next month? One draft expert seems to think so. In Mel Kiper Jr’s latest mock draft for ESPN, the worldwide leader’s draft “guru” does not have McGlinchey getting selected in any of the first 32 picks.
Kiper’s entire mock draft is actually pretty light on tackles in general with just three being selected. A scenario that would be very hard to imagine playing out in real life given the premium that NFL teams place on the tackle position.
- #12: Kolton Miller (UCLA)
- #16: Orlando Brown (Oklahoma)
- #30: Geron Christian (Louisville)
Kiper does mention McGlinchey as a possibility for the Vikings at #30, but that is about it. Now, Mike Mayock on the other hand – who said last week that Quenton Nelson should get selected in the top 5 – has a completely different take on McGlinchey. Mayock has him as the top tackle in the draft and recently raved about him.
“So the reason I have him as the No. 1 tackle in the draft, and by the way, I believe very much that those other tackles — Orlando Brown, Connor Williams — are in the same category as players, but I love two things about Mike McGlinchey. I love that he got coached by Harry Hiestand at Notre Dame, which tells me when he comes out, he’s going to be ready to play. I don’t care if you put him at right tackle or left tackle, he’s going to be ready to play.
“And, number two, his work ethic and passion for the game of football is unparalleled. So I know what I’m getting with that kid, and that’s why I bang the table for him.”
McGlinchey was a mainstay on the Irish offensive line for the last three years, but despite being a two-time captain, a consensus All-American, and an overall perfect example of what a student athlete at Notre Dame should be, he was at times a polarizing figure among Notre Dame fans. Some short sighted fans could never get passed McGlinchey’s missed block at the end of the Georgia game that resulted in Brandon Wimbush’s game ending fumble.
Never mind the three seasons of dominating offensive line play from the guy though right? But I digress.
In my post on Nelson I mentioned that selfishly I hoped that Nelson wouldn’t end up in New York with the Giants because I’m an Eagles fan. Well, I’m going to be selfish again and this time hope for my Eagles, who need a tackle of the future with Jason Peters nearing retirement and coming off an ACL injury. McGlinchey is a Philly native and would look mighty good playing for the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.