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NFL Draft 2018: Mike McGlinchey’s Pro Comparisons & Current Draft Position

McGlinchey is built like a Pro Bowler, but may not be picked until late in the first round

NFL Combine - Day 2
Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey battles with Miami offensive lineman KC McDermott during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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Mike McGlinchey is built like a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle, but his play is reminiscent of two other tackles that have been proven their versatility during their careers.

In their analysis of McGlinchey Friday, draft analysts Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein noted the similarities in the stature of Notre Dame’s left tackle and of Taylor Lewan, who used to protect the blind sides of Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner for the Michigan Wolverines.

Lewan was the 11th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, while McGlinchey is expected to go in the early to mid-teens this year.

Despite their similar statures, Zierlein said Lewan was “more athletic” than McGlinchey — which the Combine measurables suggest is accurate.

Lewan put up 29 reps of 225 pound weights at the Combine; McGlinchey had 27. Lewan had a 117 inch broad jump and a 30.5 inch vertical jump; McGlinchey posted a broad jump of 105 inches and a 28.5 inch vertical jump.

Zierlein said a more accurate comparison between McGlinchey would be to two players: the Arizona Cardinals’ Jared Veldheer and the Indianapolis ColtsAnthony Castonzo.

On the Combine broadcast, Zierlein said:

“Jared Veldheer is long, has a good athletic ability, has some issues with anchor at times. I think that’s the same concern you have with Mike McGlinchey. One of the things with Veldheer, though, coming out, he did get stronger. He did show an ability to improve his anchor and I think that’s something that’s McGlinchey might be able to do. But even if there are limitations, you still can work around it. And it’s the offensive line coach’s job to help you work around that as well. And like McGlinchey, Veldheer’s shown that he can play starting this year on the left and right side.”

Matt “Money” Smith noted on the broadcast that there’s a range on McGlinchey that “goes from the mid teens all the way to the back end of the right round on a lot of the models.”

McGlinchey is a first round pick in 83 of the 91 mock drafts we’ve tracked. The average draft position is 17, which is owned by the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chargers are one of the four “franchise fits” for McGlinchey, according to Brooks.

At this point, only four mock draft analysts have slotted McGlinchey to the Arizona Cardinals. Fourteen have him going to the Seattle Seahawks at pick No. 18, while five have him picked by the Chargers at No. 17. Although not identified by Brooks as a “fit,” 17 mock draft analysts have McGlinchey being picked by the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 12.

Brooks explained the diversity of opinions by saying:

“When you’re used to looking at the top tackles, normally they have a level of athleticism that you fall in love with. They’re light on their feet. They move well, the balance and body control. I think with him, you just didn’t know on tape if he’s going to be that kind of athlete, so you’re a little hesitant to go all in on him being maybe the top offensive tackle in the class. Those insight comparisons to Taylor Lewan, I think they’re good. Those things help him as he continues to go forward. Solid technician. I think he’s probably a better technician than he is that nasty, road grader type, but there are a lot of guys like him that play and play at a high level in the league. When we look at guys like [New England Patriots’ left tackle] Nate Solder and those guys who have played at a Pro Bowl caliber. Maybe McGlinchey is such a good technician that he’s able to play at a high level, one of the best players in the game. Maybe he emerges as that kind of player down the line.”



McGlinchey is just shy of 6 feet, 8 inches. Of the 102 Notre Dame players invited to the NFL Combine since 1999, there are just two people taller than he measured: offensive linemen Brennan Curtin and Sam Young.

Curtin, from the Bob Davie/Tyrone Willingham era, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers. At 6-foot-9, he was the tallest player in the organization’s history.

Young, at 6-foot-8, was also a sixth round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2010. He’s played for four teams, including his current employer, the Miami Dolphins.

Jerry Wisne, a fifth-round pick in 1999, and Kurt Vollers, who went undrafted in 2002, were both offensive tackles and as tall as McGlinchey.


There are 12 former Notre Dame players who weighed in within 5 pounds of McGlinchey’s 309 at their respective Combines.

They include first round picks Ronnie Stanley (312) and Zack Martin (308), second rounder Stephon Tuitt (304) and third rounders Ryan Harris (305) and Mike Gandy (305).

Wisne is the only player within an inch and five pounds of McGlinchey. He was 306 pounds.


My data on the size of players’ hands only goes back to 2010. Nevertheless, there are 13 players who are within 14 of an inch of McGlinchey’s 10 inch hands.

Those players include fellow 2018 draft classmate Equanimeous St. Brown (9 34 inches), first round draftee Harrison Smith (10 14 inches) and second rounders Tuitt (10 inches), Troy Niklas (10 inches) and DeShone Kizer (9 7/8 inches).

RB Jonas Gray (undrafted), WR T.J. Jones (6th round), K Kyle Brindza (undrafted) and DB KeiVarae Russell (3rd round) also had exactly 10 inch hands.


The data for arms only goes back to 2010, so it may not surprise you that two of my data points that are close to McGlinchey’s 34 inches are fellow 2018 draft class players - Josh Adams and Quenton Nelson (both 33 34 inches).

This list also includes former tight end Niklas and defensive end Romeo Okwara, who was undrafted but is now thriving with the New York Giants.


McGlinchey’s wingspan is 81 inches. That is 1 5/8 inches shorter than Nelson’s, but more than two inches longer than St. Brown’s.


McGlinchey’s 27 reps of 225 pounds matched the output of Niklas and linebacker Darius Fleming, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2012.

It was one more than Cedric Hilliard, a defensive lineman who went undrafted in 2004, and Prince Shembo, a fourth-round pick in 2014, and one fewer than McGlinchey’s former linemate Nick Martin, who was picked in the second round in 2016.


McGlinchey’s 28.5 inch vertical jump was one-half inch higher than offensive linemen Wisne, Zack Martin, Taylor Dever (undrafted in 2012) and the same height as defensive lineman Ian Williams (undrafted in 2011). It was one-half inch lower than Hilliard, and offensive linemen Luke Petitgout (first round in 1999) and Dan Santucci (7th round in 2007).


McGlinchey’s broad jump of 105 inches is pretty much in line with other Irish offensive linemen.

Nelson also jumped 8 feet, 9 inches today, as did Sean Mahan (5th round in 2003) and Jim Molinaro (6th round in 2004). Young fell an inch short of McGlinchey’s output in 2010, while Zack Martin and Jordan Black (fifth round in 2003) went one inch farther. GRADE

The NFL’s official website grades each Combine player on a scale of “no grade” to 7.99.

McGlinchey is graded at 5.89, which means the person who graded him thinks he has a “chance to become an NFL starter.”

Louis Nix III, a defensive lineman in the 2014 class, received a 5.9 grade. Zack Martin, an offensive tackle turned guard, received a 5.97 in the same year.

Nix hasn’t played in the league since last May and his career consisted of four games played for the New York Giants in 2015 (and zero starts). Martin is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and has started all 64 games in his pro career.

Under the former scoring system, any grade between 70 and 84 meant that the person grading for thought the player would become an “eventual starter.”

Zeke Motta, a seventh round pick in 2013, received a 71.20 grade. The defensive back played 10 games for the Atlanta Falcons that year, with one start.

Tyler Eifert received a 83.3 grade in 2013. Eifert has played in 39 games over five seasons, starting 31 of those. He made the Pro Bowl in 2015.


Mike McGlinchey’s Draft Position

Draft Analyst Publication Date McGlinchey at... Team
Draft Analyst Publication Date McGlinchey at... Team
Joe Tansey Bleacher Report 2/12/2018 15 Arizona
Aaron Wilson Houston Chronicle 3/2/2018 15 Arizona
Joe Marino NDT Scouting 1/27/2018 15 Arizona
Walter Cherepinsky 2/27/2018 15 Arizona
Steve Silverman Bleacher Report 2/10/2018 16 Baltimore
Charlie Casserly 2/13/2018 16 Baltimore
Dan Kadar SB Nation 2/26/2018 16 Baltimore
Randy Gurzi NFL Mocks 5/1/2017 21 Carolina
Brian Johannes NFL Draft Geek 2/16/2018 24 Carolina
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 4/29/2017 5 Chicago
Adam Wells Bleacher Report 2/9/2018 12 Cincinnati
Mike Tanier Bleacher Report 2/19/2018 12 Cincinnati
Richard Janvrin Bleacher Report 3/2/2018 12 Cincinnati
Chris Trapasso CBS Sports 2/26/2018 12 Cincinnati
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 3/2/2018 12 Cincinnati
R.J. White CBS Sports 2/22/2018 12 Cincinnati
Will Brinson CBS Sports 2/27/2018 12 Cincinnati
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 2/13/2018 12 Cincinnati
Chris Ransom Draft Utopia 2/15/2018 12 Cincinnati
Brad Weiss FanSided 2/14/2018 12 Cincinnati
Greg Valerio Niners Nation 2/5/2018 12 Cincinnati
Eddie Brown San Diego Union-Tribune 3/1/2018 12 Cincinnati
Connor Reilly SEC Country 2/20/2018 12 Cincinnati
Tankathon Staff 2/27/2018 12 Cincinnati
Bob McManaman The Arizona Republic 2/20/2018 12 Cincinnati
Jason McIntyre The Big Lead 1/1/2018 12 Cincinnati
Matt Minich The Grueling Truth 3/1/2018 12 Cincinnati
Maurice Moton Bleacher Report 2/18/2018 5 Denver
Matt Tabeek 3/1/2018 5 Denver
Ryan Wilson CBS Sports 2/21/2018 21 Denver
Kyle Crabbs FanRag Sports Network 2/19/2018 21 Denver
Chad Reuter 2/27/2018 22 Denver
"Draft Geek" 2/5/2018 3 Indianapolis
Justis Mosqueda Bleacher Report 2/27/2018 15 Indianapolis
Matt Burke 4/30/2017 3 Jacksonville
John McClain Houston Chronicle 3/2/2018 29 Jacksonville
Clint Clearwater The Phinsider 2/20/2018 29 Jacksonville
Rob Goldberg Bleacher Report 2/4/2018 17 L.A. Chargers
Dan Labbe 2/13/2018 17 L.A. Chargers
Wayne Staats Land of 10 2/27/2018 17 L.A. Chargers
Dan Duggan NJ Advance Media 2/27/2018 17 L.A. Chargers
Albert Breer Sports Illustrated 2/21/2018 17 L.A. Chargers
Zac Jackson & Dustin Fox The Athletic 2/9/2018 21 L.A. Chargers
Matt Goul 4/30/2017 3 L.A. Rams
Paul M. Banks The Sports Bank 4/27/2017 3 L.A. Rams
Charlie Campbell 2/26/2018 11 Miami
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 5/1/2017 13 Miami
Pete Prisco CBS Sports 3/1/2018 30 Minnesota
Todd McShay ESPN 2/6/2018 30 Minnesota
Joe Hopkins FOX 59 (Indianapolis) 2/26/2018 30 Minnesota
Dion Caputi National Football Post 2/19/2018 30 Minnesota
Charles Davis 2/20/2018 30 Minnesota
Lance Zierlein 1/30/2018 30 Minnesota
Rob Rang 2/14/2018 30 Minnesota
Nate Davis USA Today 2/6/2018 30 Minnesota
Cody Williams NFL Spin Zone 12/19/2017 2 N.Y. Giants
Eric Galko Sporting News 2/27/2018 21 N.Y. Giants
DraftTek Computer 2/23/2018 6 N.Y. Jets
Ryan McCrystal Bleacher Report 2/19/2018 Not in first round n/a
Conor Dorney FanSided 2/21/2018 Not in first round n/a
Erik Lambert NFL Mocks 3/1/2018 Not in the first four rounds n/a
Patrick Finley Chicago Sun-Times 2/25/2018 Not in the first round n/a
Mel Kiper ESPN 2/21/2018 Not in the first round n/a
Gentry Estes Louisville Courier Journal 2/5/2018 Not in the first round n/a
Bucky Brooks 1/30/2018 Not in the first round n/a
Chris Burke The Athletic 2/1/2018 Not in the first round n/a
Robby Sabo Clutch Points 2/27/2018 Not top 10 n/a
Daniel Jeremiah 1/19/2018 31 New England
Ryan Dunleavy NJ Advance Media 2/12/2018 31 New England
Aaron Kasinitz & Daniel Gallen Penn 3/1/2018 31 New England
Timothy Rapp Bleacher Report 2/26/2018 10 Oakland
Sean Wagner-McGough CBS Sports 2/28/2018 32 Philadelphia
Nick Klopsis Newsday 2/5/2018 32 Philadelphia
Danny Kelly The Ringer 2/27/2018 32 Philadelphia
Luke Easterling USA Today 2/21/2018 32 Philadelphia
Chris Fedor 1/15/2018 9 San Francisco
DraftBlaster Staff 2/19/2018 9 San Francisco
Darryl Slater NJ Advance Media 2/7/2018 9 San Francisco
Jacob Louque Baltimore Beatdown 2/22/2018 18 Seattle
Chris Roling Bleacher Report 2/27/2018 18 Seattle
Kyle Newport Bleacher Report 3/1/2018 18 Seattle
Paul Kasabian Bleacher Report 3/1/2018 18 Seattle
D.J. Boyer 2/26/2018 18 Seattle
Ben Faunce Indiana Sports Coverage 2/4/2018 18 Seattle
Peter Schrager 3/1/2018 18 Seattle
Alex Eisen Niners Nation 2/5/2018 18 Seattle
Josh Eccles Niners Nation 2/5/2018 18 Seattle
Richard Verderber Niners Nation 2/5/2018 18 Seattle
Connor Hughes NJ Advance Media 2/20/2018 18 Seattle
Josh Norris Rotoworld 2/12/2018 18 Seattle
Jeff Cavanaugh The Athletic 2/11/2018 18 Seattle
Ben Axelrod WKYC 2/20/2018 18 Seattle