Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey has been tabbed as the perfect Carolina Panthers prospect…
The Carolina Panthers are poised for one of their most important offseason evaluations to date. Prospects at every position, including Mike McGlinchey and other offensive linemen will be under evaluation despite the team selecting Western Michigan star Taylor Moton last year.
With the future of guard Andrew Norwell in question, new general manager Marty Hurney will be tasked with finding a replacement should he not re-sign the Panthers starter as protecting franchise quarterback Cam Newton has become a priority. If left tackle Matt Kalil is the long-term answer remains a mystery and Hurney needs to find answers for all of these questions – soon.
As the NFL Scouting Combine begins this week, general managers, coaches and scouts from around the league will descend upon Indianapolis to test numerous NFL hopefuls both mentally and physically. In search of the Lombardi Trophy, finding the right pieces begins here.
According to Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report, the Notre Dame offensive tackle is a perfect prospect for the Panthers to watch and consider when he is on the field. McGlinchey started on the left side but has experience at both tackle positions and is perceived to be more comfortable on the right.
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At 6-foot-8 and 312 pounds, McGlinchey has the size and wingspan to be successful at the NFL level on either side of the offensive line. He is currently projected as a first-round pick but the upcoming skills test and his performances in Indianapolis could move him out of the Panthers reach.
At pick No. 24 it remains unlikely that McGlinchey would be available given the importance teams place on protecting their quarterbacks, especially if he stays on the left side. If Hurney wants an opportunity to land an individual who could become a quality player for the Panthers and contribute almost immediately, if needed, he may have to part with a few of the team’s eight picks to move up.
Panthers fans will have to let slide that McGlinchey is the first cousin of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, especially if he comes to Carolina and produces.