As the NFL Draft approaches, Vikings Territory is taking a look at prospects that may interest the Minnesota Vikings. Since it’s evident the team would like to add a long-term offensive line starter at some point in the early rounds, let’s examine the players who could fit that mold.
- School: Notre Dame
- Position: OT
- Projected round: 1
- Age: 24
- Height: 6-8
- Weight: 315 lbs.
- Arm: 34″
- Hand: 10″
- Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds
- Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
- Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches
- *DNP in other drills or tests*
Vikings Interest: 9/10
- McGlinchey is considered one of the best prospects in the draft.
- He’s a very fluid athlete for his size.
- Experienced member of a productive Notre Dame offensive line unit.
- Has experience starting at both left and right tackle.
- Named a Fighting Irish team captain for consecutive seasons.
- Like Quenton Nelson, McGlinchey played in Notre Dame’s pro-style offense that’s similar to the one Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo will run, making the transition to the NFL easier.
- Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 1 tackle prospect in the draft.
- PFF also graded McGlinchey as the No. 1 draft-eligible tackle in the run game.
Quenton Nelson wasn't the only dominant run blocker on the Notre Dame offensive line in 2017 pic.twitter.com/qvz5y28q1z
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 23, 2018
- According to his NFL.com draft profile, his strength and mass are below average.
- “Due to concerns with power, his ability to handle bull rushers at the point of attack will define the type of career he has.” – NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein.
- McGlinchey’s pass blocking efficiency is not as strong as other prospects in this draft class.
- His game tape reveals inconsistent performance.
- At age 24 he’s on the older end of the prospect spectrum. May have limited upside.
McGlinchey should become an early starter at either tackle position.