2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Mike McGlinchey
Position: Offensive Tackle
School: Notre Dame
Projected: 1st – 2nd
Mike McGlinchey would have been the top tackle in last year’s NFL Draft. Instead he opted to return to Notre Dame for his senior year. He played the first two years on the right side before spending his last two at left tackle. McGlinchey is the first cousin of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
McGlinchey can play either tackle position. As a rookie he will likely be placed on the right side to better compensate for lack of experience against NFL pass rushers. He is an athletic lineman with good strength to sustain his blocks. The Cardinals will look to get their run game going with a fully healthy lineup. McGlinchey is a talented run blocker who gets movement at the point of attack and can be used as a pulling lineman. He can also get outside for screens to the receiver or running back. It would likely require getting back into the late part of the first round, but the Cardinals would be wise to pick up the Fighting Irish tackle.
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Strong run blocker who is athletic enough to be used in pulling situations. Moves the pile when run blocking. Has the strength to hold his blocks. Quickness off the line allow him to utilize length in both run and pass blocking. Bull rushing defenders will struggle to move him once he anchors. Very smart player and has the experience as a three-year starter at Notre Dame. Not afraid to be physical and has a good first punch.
Is better suited for right tackle. Struggled against speed rushers as he’s not fast enough to get outside. Will need to work on feet movement when initially engaging with defender. Struggled against Georgia and Miami in 2017, teams with speedy pass rushers. Needs to show better patience and avoid lunging at pass rushers.