SANTA CLARA -- Mike McGlinchey was the center of attention during a party with approximately 150 attendees Thursday night near his home in Richboro, Pennsylvania.
The Notre Dame offensive tackle knew his name would get called at some point in the first round of the NFL draft. But when the phone rang and the 49ers were on the other end, he was more than a little surprised.
“I had no idea,” McGlinchey said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “It’s definitely a shock. But (I’m) absolutely thrilled to be a part of the San Francisco 49ers organization and my family and I couldn’t be happier.”
McGlinchey had a formal meeting with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. But, then, he did not hear another word from the 49ers until the phone rang while he was seated at Giuseppe’s Restaurant on the first night of the NFL draft.
He was welcomed to the 49ers organzation by CEO Jed York, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers envision McGlinchey having a long career, beginning with some competition with Trent Brown at right tackle.
McGlinchey’s first cousin is Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, so he already knew a lot about Shanahan. Ryan had an MVP season in 2016 with Shanahan as the Falcons offensive coordinator.
“I’ve heard quite a bit about Kyle and he’s done obviously a great job both with the Falcons and started with the 49ers,” McGlinchey said. “My cousin Matt has said nothing but great things about Kyle. I’m really excited to get to work with him.”
McGlinchey said he was excited to come to an organization that was rich in history and appears to be heading in the right direction.
“I know that they were an up-and-coming organization with a great new head coach and a great new quarterback and they proved that at the end of the season last year,” he said.
McGlinchey figures to be protecting that new quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, for many years to come. McGlinchey liked what he saw from him during the 49ers’ season-ending five-game win streak.
“I watched a few of his games,” McGlinchey said of Garoppolo. “He looks amazing.”