Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens hold the 16th pick for the 2nd year in a row now, and this year they could go in a lot of different directions. Their biggest need is a tight end. They also need a wide receiver, tackle, running back, linebacker and defensive lineman. I immediately had 5 prospects on my radar.
If they fall: LB Roquan Smith
Could be: EDGE Harold Landry
Should be: WR Calvin Ridley
Might be: RB Derrius Guice
Value pick: OT Mike McGlinchey
As I waited a literal full day for the 1st pick to be made my focus was set on Calvin Ridley, I certain that he was going to be on the board at #16. This was dumb on my part because I know that I can never have nice things and, in a confusing pick, Doug Pederson’s pair of balls and the 49ers took Ridley at #9.
So at 16 I was debating between the 3 prospects left on my big board; Landry, Guice, and McGlinchey. I took the best tackle in the draft.
The Scouting Report
In pass protection McGlinchey is really solid for the most part. He possess a really great kick step and fire off the ball. Being a former tight end, he has quick enough feet to carry and mirror defenders past the quarterback. He has strong arms and a good punch, once his hands are on a pass rusher McG keeps them at bay with his long arms. While kick stepping, he keeps his base wide making sure that he’s not susceptible to counter moves. The technique that he shows is the best in the draft.
In the running game Mike McGlinchey is outstanding. The way that he moves while run blocking is fluid, able to make cut off and down blocks. His football IQ is top notch, as he’s able to quickly diagnose blitz’s and disguises. Does a fine job at pulling, and putting a hat on a defender. I think my favorite part of his run blocking is his patience; he’ll wait a split second and see what the end is doing before pushing him completely out of the play.
The Ravens are really without a right tackle. Last offseason they lost right tackle Rick Wagner to Seattle in free agency. They signed Austin Howard, whom was graded as the 36th best tackle by PFF in 2017 as a stop gap for the season. After one season they are letting him walk. Baltimore is now left with guards, Alex Lewis and James Hurst to fill the vacated position. Of the two, Hurst has experience at both tackle positions but by no means is he the answer at that spot.
McGlinchey is the best tackle in the draft. His technique allows him have the highest floor of any tackle the draft. Once he adds more weight, he’ll be able to withstand the bull rushers and push around the bigger ends.
As a rookie he would come in and start right away on the right side of the line and instantly make the offense better. The Ravens have two tackles that are first round talents, the other being McGlinchey’s predecessor, who would help give them a boost in their rushing attack and some much-needed protection for
elite quarterbacks, Joe Flacco and RG3. He’s a plug and play player in the NFL which teams should covet.
Everyone would like to draft a flashy playmaker with their first pick, but the Ravens offense line needs to be built to have any offensive success. Good teams have good offensive lines and that is where Baltimore should start if they want to compete.
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2018 BGN Community Mock Draft Order
1) Browns (GMinTraining): Saquon Barkley
2) Giants (ablesser88): Quenton Nelson
3) Jets (20Safety_Hazards): Sam Darnold
4) Browns (MJ1893): Josh Rosen
5) Broncos (drc242): Baker Mayfield
6) Colts (I Need a Username): Bradley Chubb
7) Buccaneers (dunc123): Minkah Fitzpatrick
8) Bears (NVEagleShark): Tremaine Edmunds
9) 49ers (Doug Pederson’s Pair of Balls): Calvin Ridley
10) Raiders (Milehighbirds): Derwin James
11) Dolphins (danishdynamite_): Roquan Smith
12) Bills (LAOJoe): Denzel Ward
13) Washington (Eagle1987): Vita Vea
14) Packers (89Tremaine): Mike Hughes
15) Cardinals (RimoDawkins): Josh Allen
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20) Lions (dshelton5):
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23) Patriots (jy1187):
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30) Vikings (AnthroEagle):
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Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think the Cardinals should pick in the 2018 BGN Consensus Mock Draft.
1) Browns: Saquon Barkley
2) Giants: Sam Darnold
3) Jets: Josh Rosen
4) Browns: Josh Allen
5) Broncos: Baker Mayfield
6) Colts: Bradley Chubb
7) Buccaneers: Minkah Fitzpatrick
8) Bears: Quenton Nelson
9) 49ers: Tremaine Edmunds
10) Raiders: Derwin James
11) Dolphins: Roquan Smith
12) Bills: Lamar Jackson
13) Washington: Vita Vea
14) Packers: Denzel Ward
15) Cardinals: Mason Rudolph
Who should the Ravens draft with the No. 16 overall pick?
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