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Mike McGlinchey redshirted his freshman year (2013). Played in all 13 games as a sophomore (2014); mostly on special teams. Did have one start at right tackle in win over LSU (31-28) in the Music City Bowl.
Started all 13 games at right tackle as a junior (2015). Moved to the left tackle his senior season (2016), and started all 12 games. Decided to return for a 5th year (4th football season) in 2017.
It is clear that Mike McGlinchey wants to be more polished before entering the NFL draft. He appears to be taking the same route of his predecessor Ronnie Stanley, who stayed an extra year and was chosen 6th overall. Stanley was the first offensive lineman taken in the 2016 NFL draft, and McGlinchey could certainly follow that blueprint.
Best Position Fit
Elected team captain in 2016 and 2017. Very driven. Does not want to be good; he wants to be great. Elite awareness of where the quarterback is. Quickly gets set after the snap. Displays very good patience in pass blocking. Consistently uses hands instead of body in pass protection. Mostly plays loose with flexibility in pass protection. Plays mostly on his toes in pass protection. Consistently uses hands instead of body in run blocking. Prototypical height, weight, and speed for the position.
Unnecessary penalties (9 false starts in 2016) that need to be cleaned up. Can struggle against speedy ends lining up at 9-technique.
Mike McGlinchey could have declared for the 2016 NFL draft, and probably would have been a first round pick. He understands himself very well, and felt like he was not ready to enter the 2016 NFL draft.
12/30/2014 – Mike McGlinchey records first career start. Started at right tackle in the Music City Bowl.