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NFL Draft 2018: ESPN’s Todd McShay Drops Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey Out of His First Round Mock Draft

McGlinchey was a late first selection in the draft expert’s last mock in February. Now he’s out. Quenton Nelson moves up.

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ESPN’s Todd McShay’s third iteration of his mock 2018 NFL Draft, released today, does not include former Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey as a first round selection.

McShay had McGlinchey as the 30th overall pick in his last mock draft, released Feb. 6, but has the Minnesota Vikings now picking Ohio State Buckeyes’ Billy Price. Price, who tore his pectoral muscle during the NFL Combine, slid from 23rd in McShay’s second mock. McShay now has the Los Angeles Rams, who own that slot, picking UTEP Miners guard Will Hernandez. McShay did not include Hernandez in his previous mock.

McShay’s omission of McGlinchey comes one day after Daniel Jeremiah, a draft expert for NFL.com, also excluded the offensive tackle from his first-round projection.

So what happened? In McShay’s case, it appears the draft analyst is less confident in teams picking an offensive lineman with their first round pick. The ESPN expert had 6 offensive linemen picked in his first mock, released in mid-December, seven in his second, released in early February, but just four: Nelson, Hernandez, Price and the Texas LonghornsConnor Williams in today’s update.

Todd McShay’s Offensive Linemen in His 2018 NFL Draft Mocks

Name School Position Mock 1 position Mock 1 team Mock 2 position Mock 2 team Mock 3 position Mock 3 team
Name School Position Mock 1 position Mock 1 team Mock 2 position Mock 2 team Mock 3 position Mock 3 team
Connor Williams Texas OT 10 Cincinnati 12 Cincinnati 20 Detroit
Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame OT 11 Arizona 30 Minnesota Not first round n/a
Quenton Nelson Notre Dame OG 14 Miami 11 Miami 5 Denver
Orlando Brown Oklahoma OT 25 Carolina 15 Arizona Not first round n/a
Billy Price Ohio State OG/C 26 L.A. Rams 23 L.A. Rams 30 Minnesota
Martinas Rankin Missippi State OT 29 Minnesota Not first round n/a Not first round n/a
Isiah Wynn Georgia OG Not first round n/a 20 Detroit Not first round n/a
James Daniels Iowa OG/C Not first round n/a 26 Atlanta Not first round n/a
Will Hernandez UTEP OG Not first round n/a Not first round n/a 23 L.A. Rams

As for Nelson, McShay wrote:

I keep hearing that the Broncos are looking to upgrade the QB position in free agency, but the name I keep hearing isn’t Kirk Cousins -- it’s Case Keenum. If Denver gets either guy, it needs significant help on the O-line, even after drafting offensive tackle Garett Bolles in the first round last year. Nelson had a terrific combine and is a plug-and-play high-level starter. He’s a guard, not a tackle, but he’s also currently my second-ranked prospect in this class. If Denver doesn’t address QB in free agency, Allen is the likely pick here.

The hype for the former Irish guard continues unabated: