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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football #68: Mike McGlinchey

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Yeah, he’s pretty important to this Irish team.

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Wow, almost to the 70s in our player profile series! Before we get there, we need to look a big number 68, offensive lineman and arguable Notre Dame’s best NFL prospect in Mike McGlinchey. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have done a great job sending elite offensive line talent to the NFL in recent years, with McGlinchey figuring to be an addition to that trend after this season.

The fifth-year senior is still looking to show his best version of himself at a consistent rate, and now would be a great time to do so with the NFL Draft looming next spring. McGlinchey is one of the best lineman in the country and has shown it throughout his long Irish career. He figures to get 12 or 13 more starts to up his draft stock that already figures to have him going in the first round in 2018.

3 Things to Know About Mike McGlinchey

  1. Sports Illustrated recently ranked him the 47th best player in college football. I guess that’s pretty good.
  2. He was third-team All-American last year, and the season before he was a key part in Notre Dame’s comeback bid against Clemson in wet and swampy Death Valley. He really dug deep into the mud against future second round pick Kevin Dodd, Clemson’s mean defensive end.
  3. His cousin is Matt Ryan, who is having a decent NFL career, you could say.

YouTube Hot Fire:

Watch Big Mike just flatten defensive lineman during his high school days at William Penn Charter. It’s a sight to behold.

I, RyChi, Dub Thee:

“Mike McGlinch-Don’t-Flinch-ey” You can flinch against this man if you dare, but be prepared to find yourself on your back.

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2017 Forecast

There’s no much to get into here. McGlinchey will be an anchor on the offensive line alongside Quenton Nelson. Hopefully, after switching to the left side, McGlinchey finds steady success and his decision to return to school proves to be an immensely beneficial one for him. It worked out for Ronnie Stanley.

With a new quarterback in Brandon Wimbush at the helm, I’d expect the running game to be highly active in the first few weeks of the season, so expect Josh Adams to be running behind McGlinchey at a high rate this season. McGlinchey still has a lot to prove and more room to grow, but he is an incredibly athletic lineman who will be one of the main anchors of Notre Dame’s offense this season.