April 26, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas - Former University of Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the ninth overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday evening at AT&T Stadium. He became the 68th former Irish player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.
McGlinchey is the fourth Notre Dame offensive lineman in the last five years to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft joining Zack Martin (16th pick of the 2014 draft by the Dallas Cowboys), Ronnie Stanley (sixth pick of the 2016 draft by the Baltimore Ravens) and Quenton Nelson (sixth pick of the 2018 draft by the Indianapolis Colts).
Nelson and McGlinchey were the first two offensive linemen selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. It marked the first time since 1991 and just the third time in the last 60 years that the top two offensive lineman drafted were from the same school.
Nelson and McGlinchey were both selected among the top 10 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. It marked just the third time in the last 50 years that two offensive lineman from the same school were chosen among the top 10 selections of the draft.
McGlinchey is the 16th offensive lineman in school history to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. In addition to McGlinchey, Martin, Stanley and Nelson, 12 other Irish offensive lineman have been chosen in the first round, including Frank Szymanski (sixth overall by the Detroit Lions in 1945), George Connor (fifth overall by the New York Giants in 1946), Bill Fischer (10th overall by the Chicago Cardinals in 1949), Art Hunter (third overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1954), Frank Varrichione (sixth overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955), Paul Seiler (12th overall by the New York Jets in 1967), Tom Regner (23rd overall by the Houston Oilers in 1967), George Kunz (2nd overall by the Atlanta Falcons), Andy Heck (15th overall by the Seattle Seahawks), Aaron Taylor (16th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1994), Luke Petitgout (19th overall by the New York Giants in 1999) and Jeff Faine (21st overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2003).
McGlinchey becomes the 21st Notre Dame player ever drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and fourth in the first round. He also becomes the first Irish player drafted by the 49ers since Darius Fleming in the fifth round of the 2012 draft.
McGlinchey, a two-time Irish captain, started 39 times in his 51-game, four-year playing career. In 2017, he started all 13 games at left tackle, ranked as the third-highest rated offensive lineman and second highest-rated tackle in the country by Pro Football Focus (46.3).
McGlinchey, Notre Dame's 2017 Offensive Lineman of the Year, surrendered three sacks, two QB hits and 11 QB hurries in 889 offensive snaps, as compared to the only offensive tackle ranked ahead of him -- Cole Madison of Washington State, who allowed allowed four QB sacks, three QB hits and 15 QB hurries. McGlinchey was the highest-rated offensive lineman in terms of run blocking in the country by Pro Football Focus (35.1) -- the next highest-rated run-blocking tackle is at 33.0.
As a senior captain in 2017, McGlinchey was Notre Dame's 85th consensus All-American. He was named first-team All-America by The Walter Camp Football Foundation, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and American Football Coaches Association. He missed out on unanimous status due to his second-team honor from The Sporting News.
McGlinchey led an offensive line that paved the way for the third-best FBS rushing attack in yards/carry (6.3), seventh-best in rushing offense (269.3 rush yards/game), eighth-best in total rushing yards (3,503) and 15th-best in rushing touchdowns (35). The 3,503 rush yards and 6.3 yards/carry were both single-season school records.
McGlinchey was a leader of Notre Dame's offensive line that won the Joe Moore Award. Presented by the Foundation for Teamwork, the award is given annually the "toughest, most physical offensive line in the country." He helped the Irish run for over 300 yards seven times in 2017 (the Irish eclipsed 300 yards rushing seven times over the previous 17 years combined). McGlinchey also blocked for seven different players that registered a run of at least 30 yards, four different players that rushed for at least 100 yards in a game, 13 separate 100-yard rushing games and 22 carries that netted at least 35 yards.
Notre Dame ranked in the top three nationally in runs of at least 20 yards (3rd, 42), 30 yards (1st, 28), 40 yards (3rd, 15), 50 yards (3rd, 11), 60 yards (1st, nine) and 70 yards (2nd, four).
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