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NFL Draft 2018: Brandin Cooks Out, Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey In for New England?

Todd McShay likes the AFC Champions to use their newly acquired draft pick on the former Notre Dame offensive tackle

NCAA Football: Temple at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

An ESPN draft analyst says the New England Patriots’ decision Tuesday to deal wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams increases the likelihood that they draft Mike McGlinchey during the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Patriots received the Rams’ 23rd overall pick as part of the Cooks deal, which gives the AFC champions two selections in the first round later this month.

Todd McShay, ESPN’s draft analyst, paired the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle with the Patriots in his newest mock draft, released this morning, writing:

This deal gets New England in the position to take a left tackle. McGlinchey’s NFL comp is Nate Solder, so he’d make sense here.

Solder, a left tackle, signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants on March 14.

It’s not a sure thing that McGlinchey will be available at No. 23. Mel Kiper, McShay’s counterpart, has the Baltimore Ravens picking McGlinchey seven spots before the Patriots’ current pick. McGlinchey is also connected to the Los Angeles Chargers in 17 of the 140 mocks I’m tracking for One Foot Down. The Chargers pick at No. 17, although they may be considering taking a quarterback.

The Patriots did have any Notre Dame alumni on their roster when they played the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl, but they signed one today — Troy Niklas, who overlapped McGlinchey’s time in South Bend by one year: 2013.

McGlinchey worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals — who currently hold pick No. 21 — on March 27 and visited the Minnesota Vikings -- who have pick No. 30 — today.

McShay’s updated mock paired former Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive guard Quenton Nelson with the Chicago Bears, just as Kiper had done one week ago.

The draft analyst wrote:

Josh Sitton is gone, and Nelson would represent a big upgrade. This continues a promising off-season trend of Chicago giving [Mitch] Trubisky what he needs to succeed.”