WHAT TO LIKE
It's not often you put in some film and see a 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive lineman in full sprint leading the way for a running back. But Mike McGlinchey is not your normal lineman. Hard, intense, physical and with a purpose are just a few of the ways to explain how he plays the game.
The Irish are getting a player capable of playing and excelling anywhere along the line. While I did not see him snap, he shows enough flexibility that I could see him doing it if called upon.
What I did see was a player with great quickness and balance to execute a down block, and one with strength and initial explosion upon contact to turn a defender on reach blocks.
I'll have another in-depth breakdown on McGlinchey following more film review, until then:
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
While there were a few clips of McGlinchey pass blocking I would like to see more. McGlinchey plays in a run offense and will need to do more work in the finer techniques of pass-pro.
Blessed with a frame that can hold 300-pounds, McGlinchey is a very exciting player to watch on film despite any short comings he may show in pass-pro. I love how he explodes out of his stance and into a defender while keeping his balance and working his way downfield.
Right now I would expect the Irish to look at McGlinchey as a guard as he shows great potential to pull and run trap plays.
While the Irish may have pulled in three top level offensive linemen over the past weekend, each brings a different skill set to the table and show potential to provide the Irish great depth in the near future.