No. 6 Notre Dame football first-round draft pick of the last 25 years: Mike McGlinchey
2018 NFL Draft: Round 1, Pick 9
San Francisco 49ers, 2018–2022
Denver Broncos, 2023–present
Mike McGlinchey made the PFWA All-Rookie Team following his first season in San Francisco, and since then, he has served as a steady hand along the 49ers’ offensive line. Though not as decorated as many of his contemporaries over the years coming from the Fighting Irish, McGlinchey has furthered the legacy of Notre Dame football products holding down starting OL positions in the NFL.
Predominantly Orange’s Javier Ascoli credited McGlinchey for being an “insane run-blocker” though he also labeled him as “decent” in pass-protection — but the most notable thing Ascoli said about the Warrington, Pennsylvania native is Broncos head coach Sean Payton could take advantage of the Denver offseason signing’s best traits.
“McGlinchey has shown over his young NFL career that he is an insane run-blocker,” Ascoli wrote. “Not the best pass-protector, but he’s been decent there. San Francisco had a huge running game, and new Head Coach Sean Payton might have a heavy run game with the Broncos too, as he did in New Orleans with the Alvin Kamara-Mark Ingram RB combo and the Terron Armstead-Ryan Ramczyk OT combo, taking advantage of McGlinchey’s best traits as an offensive tackle.”