The 2018 NFL Draft might not have a clear-cut favorite at the offensive tackle position. Personally, I’m a big fan of Connor Williams and I like Orlando Brown. After those two comes Mike McGlinchey. The former 4-star recruit out of William Penn Charter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had plenty of college offers. Before visiting and committing to Notre Dame, he received offers from Tennessee, Michigan State, Florida and Florida State. Regardless of the offers, the two time team captain (2016, 2017) made the right decision by going to Notre Dame.
Moving from right tackle to left tackle, McGlinchey’s transition wasn’t great, but it also wasn’t terrible. That’s also the best way to sum up his film. Nothing stands out in a great way, but he makes the same mistakes as every other offensive tackle. He’s not overly-aggressive on film or the best technician. However, he’s a big-bodied guy with the versatility and experience that coaches want. Let’s jump into the scouting report:
- Good run blocker with the ability to chip and get to the second level
- Solid punch in pass protection with the proper angle in his kick-step, as he sets for protection
- Consistent wide-base in pass and run blocking sets
- Operates well in the open field, especially in zone blocking schemes
- Consistently gets a push at the point-of-attack and can succeed with various blocks (reach, down, pull, and double team)
On the play above, you’ll notice an outside zone play. MSU is playing this with their base defense in a 4-3 and will actually blitz their MIKE linebacker (MLB #35) up the middle. Quenton Nelson (#56) does a nice job sealing the backside. However, the focal point of the play is Mike McGlinchey (LT #68). Every blocker is key because if you have anything that bleeds through, the play can get blown-up. Again, though, we’re focusing on McGlinchey in open space. He pulls left and initially it looks as if he’s going to double team the defensive end with the tight end (#86). But he quickly processes that the running back, Josh Adams (#33), is right behind him, and he realizes he’s got to get to the second level.
You can tell he’s not the most athletic player at 6’8 and 315 pounds, but he does a terrific job of getting below pad level on the linebacker (#5), getting his hands locked inside, and driving him down field for three or four yards. The linebacker could have ripped inside, but because of McGlinchey’s technique it was nearly impossible. Essentially, this play goes for much more than it’s designed and a lot of it is because of what McGlinchey does at the second level.
On this play, you’ll see Mike McGlinchey (LT #68) in pass protection. There’s so much to love about this play. He takes a nice angle with his kick-step, has a wide base and a consistent punch with his hands that forces the defensive end to reset throughout his pass rush. It gets to the point where the edge rusher (DE #17 – Davin Bellamy) has to try and spin inside, but that doesn’t work. Why? McGlinchey does a great job with his lateral movement and, again, his hand placement is great. Fully extended, that initial punch takes Bellamy off-track. McGlinchey consistently shoots his hands inside. This is one of the best pass protection reps that you’ll see from McGlinchey, hands down. If you get more of this, you’ll get a quality offensive tackle for 6-8 years on Sundays.
- Struggles at anchoring against power
- Inconsistent pad level – often plays too high
- Flat-footed in his kick-step, at times
- Not very aggressive on tape
- On film, everything looks very standard, doesn’t excel at any one key area
Here’s a perfect example of McGlinchey being “blah”. Has an edge rusher (#17 – Davin Bellamy) rushing him from a wide-9 technique. McGlinchey takes a nice wide angle with his kick-step. He does this to ensure that Bellamy doesn’t beat him with speed. But what does he do wrong? He plays way too high and loses the power vs. power battle. Bellamy gets underneath his pads, creates separation, and ultimately drives him into the quarterback. Granted, the quarterback does a terrible job staring down his initial read and doesn’t use this clean pocket to his advantage (should be stepping up into it and checking this down).
As far as the hand placement goes, McGlinchey shows his inconsistencies with it. On this play, you’ll see his hands on the outside and not inside. This reveals his chest and an easy aiming point for the edge rusher to get underneath him and power through to collapse the pocket. These are the big things that standout on tape for McGlinchey. He didn’t get beat clear off the ball, but he’s got to become more consistent with his technique to stand a chance on Sunday’s.
If you’re just getting into the draft game, it needs to be understood that not everyone gets a first round grade. Out of your top 25 players, normally, 15-20 of those players get first round grades. This ultimately leads to teams at the back end of the first round taking second round picks. A perfect example of late first round picks panning out is the 2007 NFL Draft:
Outside of Brady Qunn and Craig Davis, this looks like a pretty solid haul for the teams drafting 20th-32nd overall. For Mike McGlinchey, I’ve got a second round grade on him, but I do realize there’s a strong chance that he can go in the first round. The Buffalo Bills have back-to-back picks in the first round (21st and 22nd overall) and they could be in the market for a right tackle. If McGlinchey is there, he’d be an ideal fit for them. Another team could be the Carolina Panthers, who need to continue to find ways to help protect Cam Newton. The last two teams could be the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Yes, I realize that there was only one sack in the Super Bowl, but both teams are in the market for drafting offensive tackles. Jason Peters can only play for so long for the Eagles. Meanwhile, Nate Solder can’t get franchise tagged by the Patriots (clause in his most recent contract extension), so he could hit free agency in short order.
Above you’ll see an image from Pro Football Focus. This shows pass blocking efficiency (PBE) across college football this year. Mike McGlinchey wasn’t ranked near the top, but a rating of 97.0 is still pretty good. Out of 378 pass blocking attempts, he allowed 3 sacks, 2 hits and 9 hurries. That’s a total of 14 pressures on the 2017 season.
Mike McGlinchey is a second round talent with an overall grade of 4.727 on our grading scale. However, I believe there’s a chance that he’ll hear his name on the opening night of the draft. I don’t think he’ll blow the doors off on the athletic tests at the Scouting Combine, but I think he’ll prove a lot of doubters wrong. With 51 career games under his belt, he’s got the versatility to play left tackle or right tackle. However, I think he’d have a much more natural transition to right tackle for an NFL team.