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Prospect Profile: Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey

Posted Apr 16, 2018

Mike McGlinchey

Tackle | Notre Dame | Redshirt senior

Height: 6-foot-8 | Weight: 312 pounds

College Stats

2017: 13 games, 13 starts; First-Team All-America selection by the Associated Press

Career: 51 games, 39 starts; team captain in 2016 and ’17 seasons; Second-Team All-America selection by the Associated Press in 2016; moved from right tackle to left tackle in 2016; started 13 games at right tackle in 2015, helping Notre Dame average 5.63 yards per carry (eighth in FBS and a modern school record); made starting debut as a redshirt freshman in 2014 Music City Bowl

Combine Results

Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches
Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
Note: McGlinchey did not participate in other timing and testing drills.


Profile

Summary: A first cousin of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, McGlinchey grew up in Philadelphia and also attended William Penn Charter High School. McGlinchey, who also played basketball, began as a tight end before shifting to offensive line. He was named to the First-Team on the 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers AAAA All-State football team before redshirting in 2013 at Notre Dame.

After opening Notre Dame’s bowl game to cap 2014, McGlinchey became a starter at right tackle in 2015 when the Fighting Irish were one of 11 programs to average 205 yards rushing and 250 yards passing per game.

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock listed McGlinchey as his top tackle prospect before and after the combine. Counterpart Bucky Brooks ranked as the second-best option at tackle.

NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah ranked McGlinchey as the No. 31 overall prospect in his Top 50, sliding the tackle up four spots after the combine. Jeremiah noted McGlinchey’s “outstanding size” and uses his length to help against bull rushers when in pass protection.

Jeremiah believes McGlinchey may be best suited to play right tackle in the NFL and wrote that “he does a good job of getting underneath opponents and generating movement at the point of attack” when run-blocking.

Motivating factors: McGlinchey credits Ryan and former offensive line coach Harry Hiestand (now with the Bears) for helping him get this far.

During interviews with media at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, McGlinchey told an anecdote from when he was in high school and joined Ryan during a family vacation on the Jersey Shore. McGlinchey lined up at tight end so the quarterback could get some throws in.

“I was running routes for him, and he was throwing the ball over my head,” McGlinchey recalled. “I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ He’s like, ‘That’s where Julio [Jones] goes up and gets it.’ I said, ‘All right, I’m not that guy.’ ”

McGlinchey said he was 260 pounds when he signed his letter of intent to play for the Fighting Irish.

“I knew I was going to play offensive tackle, but I wasn’t physically prepared to do it,” McGlinchey said. “I took a lot of lumps early on trying to get in the weight room, trying to get extra, trying to get on the field and break into the mold of being a starter for Harry and the Notre Dame offensive line. It took a long time, it took two years before I started my first game as a redshirt freshman, and I got beat up a lot.

“I made more mistakes than I can even count, and that’s the reason why I’m here today, is because of the way that I was pushed,” he continued. “I kind of came in — I didn’t have a whole lot of coaching, I graduated from a high school that had 30 guys on their varsity team, and I played every position but defensive back because we needed to. So I needed to learn a lot about O-line, playing it the right way, doing things the right way and how to be a pro about it.”