Mike McGlinchey

1st-round O-line prospect is Philly through and through

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1st-round O-line prospect is Philly through and through

INDIANAPOLIS — He spent his summers down the shore in North Wildwood and his falls on the gridiron. Could the next step be playing tackle for his hometown Eagles?

The he in question is 6-foot-8, 315-pound Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey. The Warrington native and Penn Charter grad is projected as a first-rounder in the 2018 NFL draft. He acknowledged Thursday at the combine that he formally spoke to the Eagles on Tuesday and went through some schematic paces with Birds offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

"As strong as my ties are to the city of Philadelphia, that would be a dream come true," McGlinchey said Thursday. "Obviously Super Bowl champs, passionate city, everybody I love is back in the city of Philadelphia. Any team that would pick me would be great but it would be pretty special to go home."

Athleticism runs in his family. Falcons QB Matt Ryan is his first cousin and has been a major influence on McGlinchey's life since he was young.

"Matt has guided me every step of the way, whether he knew it or not," McGlinchey said. "Just watching the way Matt goes about his business, the way that he works, the way that people respect him is something I've always worked for. He's been my football hero ever since I was a little kid. And when he got drafted in the pros, I was an eighth grader and we went up for a trip and it was at that moment that I said I want to do that, too."

Having grown up in the area, McGlinchey has firsthand knowledge of the City of Brotherly Love.

"Philadelphia is a blue-collar town, and it's a place where passion is something they take a lot of pride in, whether it's for their sports teams or their families. It's a different place," he said. "There's not a lot of places like Philadelphia where you can get people that are as close and as passionate and are willing to say whatever the hell they want right to your face and it's one of those things that taught me who I was.

"It's where my roots are, it's ingrained in my family, the way we are raised. The competitiveness and the passion I have for this sport and the loyalty that the Eagles fans have for their team and obviously the rest of the sports teams in Philadelphia, makes you have that loyalty, too."

He wasn't rooting for the Eagles in the NFC divisional round because of his loyalty to his cousin, but McGlinchey jumped back on the bandwagon once the Birds advanced and he was thrilled to see his city finally win it all.

Some of his buddies even kept him abreast of the post-Super Bowl celebrations.

"I was getting Snapchats and Instagram messages and all that stuff from people starting to drink at 3 a.m. on Broad Street," he said. "So it looked like it was a good time."

If only he knew.

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Welcome back, college football

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Welcome back, college football

College football is back, which means we get our first look at the 2018 NFL draft class.

I know what you're thinking, "It's way too early to look at draft prospects!" Well, I'm sorry you feel that way, but I respectfully disagree.

Without having a gauge of where the Eagles will pick or what exactly they'll need, let's take a look at some of the bigger games that feature a ton of NFL talent.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 3 Florida State (8 p.m./ABC)
Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama, junior (6-1/188)
Most eyes will be on the Alabama defense — more specifically safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison — but Ridley is impressive. His size is just OK but he's lightning quick in and out of his routes, is good after the catch and can take the top off a defense. After a prolific freshman season (89 catches for 1,045 yards), his numbers suffered a little in 2016 with freshman Jalen Hurts at the helm. Hopefully, Hurts will be more consistent in the passing game in Year 2 so we can all get a long look at Ridley.

Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State, junior (6-2/198)
The hope here is that Florida State keeps this one close so we can see McFadden and Ridley go at it on the outside. McFadden is the prototype of what NFL teams are looking for. He's tall with long arms and he's physical. He also has tremendous ball skills, picking off eight passes during a strong sophomore season. Would the Eagles invest in another corner in 2018? Probably not, but if a player like McFadden is on the board, he's certainly worth considering.

No. 17 Florida vs. No. 11 Michigan (3:30 p.m./ABC)
Martez Ivey, OT, Florida, junior (6-5/315)

I'd love to profile game-changing receiver Antonio Callaway here, but he is one of 10(!) players suspended for the Gators' opener against Michigan. Yikes. Ivey spent last season at left guard but will kick back out to left tackle for his junior year. His body type seems better suited for playing tackle but we'll see how he holds up out there protecting redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks. I'm not sold on Halapoulivaati Vaitai as a long-term solution at tackle for the Eagles once Jason Peters retires. Tackle is a position of need for the Eagles. It would be good to have a player with Ivey's versatility.

Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan, senior (6-2/282)
Hurst is an undersized defensive tackle that excels at attacking up field as opposed to holding up blockers. The fifth-year senior recorded five sacks and 11 1/2 tackles for a loss last season. With Tim Jernigan set to become a free agent, Hurst could be an intriguing mid-round option in Jim Schwartz's attacking style. 

Temple vs. Notre Dame (3:30 p.m./NBC)
Sean Chandler, S, Temple, senior (6-0/195)

Every year there are prospects you fall in love with. Chandler is one of my guys this season (NOTE: I did not go to Temple, I genuinely like Chandler). He started off as a corner at Temple but made the shift to safety and has excelled. Versatile DBs that can cover like a corner but also play closer to the line of scrimmage against the run are all the rage in the NFL. Chandler's role at Temple is similar to what Malcolm Jenkins does for the Eagles. Speaking of Jenkins, he's not getting younger. Chandler can contribute on special teams and nickel situations while learning from Jenkins on the back end. As the signing of veteran Corey Graham shows, it's important for teams to have three competent safeties. Chandler will certainly be tested today against the Fighting Irish

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame, senior (6-8/315)
The Penn Charter grad might be the best tackle in college football and the first to come off the board next April. He's massive but he's not a stiff. He has the athleticism to keep up with quicker pass rushers and is able to get down the field and block at the second level. He will get beat by the occasional speed rush. He also has a little bit of a nasty streak and looks to finish his blocks.