With the ninth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft the San Francisco 49ers selected Mike McGlinchey. The bookend tackle from Notre Dame has seen his stock sky-rocket during the final stages of the draft process. With the huge investment that San Francisco made in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo it makes sense for the front office to use their early draft pick to sure up the offensive line.
Mike McGlinchey Selected by the San Francisco 49ers
McGlinchey makes sense for the 49ers because he has experience at both ends of the line in a run-heavy offense. With San Francisco already having some pieces on the offensive line, the Fighting Irish alumni will be able to compete for either tackle spot – with his versatility viewed as a huge positive for some NFL coaches.
Whilst none of the offensive tackle prospects in this class have been projected as top-ten talents, there is a sincere drop off once you look towards the options who would be available when the 49ers would next be on the clock.
The cousin of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, McGlinchey’s football IQ is off the charts. Having played alongside former first-round pick Ronnie Stanley at tackle and sharing the field with number six overall pick Quenton Nelson, McGlinchey has already played with professional level talent and coaching (his former offensive line coach Harry Heistand is now with the Bears) during his time at college. The 49ers have a day one starter on whichever side of the line they choose to play him, with the ability to reduce pressure on the quarterback and manipulate holes in the run game.