Cardinals Double-Dip With Top O-Line Prospect

With GM Rod Graves engaged in pressing contract negotiations this offseason, concerns along offensive line have taken a backseat. However, the team convened with an offensive lineman at the NFL Combine and plans on attending his upcoming Pro Day. Brad Wilbricht of Cardinalinsider.com catches up with this player to discuss his NFL future.

Pittsburgh offensive lineman Mike McGlynn is one of the most durable players in the draft. He was a four-year starter and played in all 47 of his career games. McGlynn proved to be extremely reliable, making 31 consecutive starts from 2004-06.

Additionally, McGlynn displayed tremendous versatility during his college career. He spent time at guard and tackle, and served as the long snapper on field goals.

McGlynn features adequate size (6'5", 318 pounds) and is fundamentally sound. He lacks ideal athleticism, but compensates with an excellent work-ethic and a non-stop motor.


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McGlynn exhibits great awareness and outstanding football knowledge. He plays with mean streak, finishing his senior season at Pitt with 100 knockdown blocks. While most NFL teams project him at guard, his experience at tackle allows him to provide depth at both positions.

Although McGlynn fails to grade out as a top-tier prospect, he's received plenty of attention from NFL personnel. He was invited to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, where he met with numerous teams regarding his future in the professional ranks.

"Having all the coaches and general managers [at the Senior Bowl and Combine] was pretty crazy," he said.

McGlynn has gathered valuable insight and support regarding his draft preparations. He is currently training in Pittsburgh with his strength coach and has relied on former teammates to guide him through the draft process.

"The draft process has been what I expected. I knew what I was getting into because I've had teammates go through it," he said.

While the business aspect of professional football is all too apparent this time of year, McGlynn has managed to stay grounded and humble. His blue-collar attitude and passion for the game has remained consistent throughout his football career.

"Every kid in the world would love to be in the position that I'm in right now. I make sure to remind myself that everyday," he said.

McGlynn would supply the Cardinals with a trustworthy lineman with the ability to play multiple positions. He would benefit learning from offensive line coach Russ Grimm, and could potentially develop into a full-time starter.

McGlynn's experience as a long snapper adds significant value to his draft stock. He would provide depth on special teams behind current snapper Nathan Hodel.

If McGlynn is available in the third round or beyond, look for him to garner strong consideration from the Cardinals' brass.


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