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Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:20 pm

Mike McGlinchey becomes second Notre Dame Top 10 pick

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

The San Francisco 49ers selected former Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. McGlinchey joins fellow lineman Quenton Nelson as first-round picks from Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-8, 309-pound tackle is the 15th Notre Dame offensive linemen to be a first-round pick since the NFL Draft was first held in 1936. He and Nelson are just the second pair of Irish linemen to be selected in the opening round of the same draft, joining 1967 picks Paul Seiler and Tom Regner. The linemen are also the first Notre Dame players to both go in the top 10 since Rick Mirer (No. 2) and Jerome Bettis (10) in 1993.

McGlinchey becomes the fourth Notre Dame offensive lineman to be drafted in the first round in the last five drafts, adding to a list that includes Nelson, Ronnie Stanley of the Baltimore Ravens and Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys. Before Martin was selected No. 16 overall in 2014, no Irish lineman had been chosen in the opening round since Jeff Faine in 2003.

Most experts don't see McGlinchey, a 2017 All-American at left tackle, as the kind of can't-miss prospect that Nelson is, but NFL.com's Lance Zierlein still had plenty of praise for him before the draft began.

"He gets guys blocked at a much higher rate than he loses his rep," Zierlein said. "McGlinchey should become an early starter at either tackle position, but his ability to handle bull rushers and power at the point of attack will define the type of career he has."

Nelson and McGlinchey become the second pair of Notre Dame players in the last three years to get picked in the first round, after Stanley went sixth and the Houston Texans selected wide receiver Will Fuller 21st in 2016.

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