(Editor's Note: While the start of the 2018 NFL Draft isn't until April 26, it's never too early to profile some of the key participants. The staff of DallasCowboys.com intends to preview the landscape of the draft's top prospects, with an emphasis on possible Cowboys draft picks – from the first round to the last. Today's featured player is Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey.)
- Name: Mike McGlinchey
- Position: Offensive Tackle
- College:Notre Dame
- Height/Weight:6-8 / 309
- Honors:Two-time All-American; two-time team captain.
- Key Stat:According to CBS Sports, Notre Dame had the nation's third-best rushing average last season (6.25 yards) with McGlinchey starting at left tackle.
Where He's Projected:
Many draft observers believe McGlinchey is the top offensive tackle in this year's class. After redshirting during Cowboys All-Pro guard Zack Martin's senior year with the Irish, McGlinchey made 39 straight starts at right and left tackle over his final three college seasons. The former high school tight end has good feet and agility for his 6-8 frame, though some question his ability to handle NFL speed rushers as a left tackle prospect.
How He Helps The Cowboys:
Well, Notre Dame linemen have worked out pretty well in Dallas. Martin was viewed as a 'safe' pick in 2014 and now he's arguably the best guard in football. It's worth noting that the Cowboys have taken steps to shore up their offensive line depth through free agency already. Veteran signing Cameron Fleming adds Super Bowl experience at tackle and gives Dallas the option of considering a La'el Collins move back to guard. But for pure value, as Martin was at No. 16, McGlinchey in theory would be a solid choice at No. 19 if available.
- Was an interesting pre-draft visit for the club. Plants the idea that they would be interested in drafting the best offensive tackle in the draft and then moving La'el Collins to guard.
- For such a tall man, McGlinchey plays with really good knee bend. Manages to keep good football position throughout his block. Doesn't play over the tops of his feet. Keeps his head out of the block.
- Will struggle to get movement when he has to play against power. Good with his hand placement and positioning.
- Will adjust to his man on the move. Has the feet and footwork to do this. Can be a hard guy to get around due to his footwork.
- He will push his man wide on the edge. Does a nice job of holding his man inside on the down block. Gets away from the line well on his set.
- Doesn't labor or stress when he plays in space. Can use him on the edge as a puller or on screens.
- Plays on his feet. Outstanding body control and balance.
- Has the skill and ability to plug in and play right off the jump. Plays like a guy that will be successful for many years.