The 49ers took Notre Dame Fighting Irish tackle Mike McGlinchey No. 9 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. But Lynch is the one that raved about McGlinchey with a specific example. "It's definitely a shock".
Welcome to the San Francisco 49ers, Mike McGlinchey!
McGlinchey was rated by most experts and publications as the top available prospect at the offensive tackle position coming into the draft.
Finding an offensive tackle, however, was logical.More news: Iran media confirms arrest of British-Iranian scientist
McGlinchey will immediate occupy the starting left tackle spot for the 49ers. With right tackle Trent Brown about to enter his contract year without serious talks of an extension, McGlinchey may find his way onto the field sooner rather than later. "We don't need to do anything right away". He also logged the highest Wonderlic score (37) among draft-eligible tackles.
How quickly Mike McGlinchey adjusts, the better the San Francisco 49ers will be after they chose to play it safe in the NFL Draft.
The 49ers got their franchise quarterback last season when it traded for former New England quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
On Thursday they showed their commitment to quarterback with draft capital. It's never exciting or sexy when your favorite team drafts an offensive linemen, but 49er fans should rest easy knowing that McGlinchey will be locking down one side of San Fran's offensive line for the better part of a decade - possibly even longer.More news: Cowboys legends can't stop boos for Goodell
This year is unusual in that there are several guards ranked ahead of McGlinchey and the other top tackles, but if National Football League teams want a young, immediate answer at tackle, McGlinchey is the guy to target.
"I feel like I've mastered both sides and I'm ready to go at either one", McGlinchey said.
- Tackle depth: McGlinchey was the first of three tackles taken Thursday, the others being Kolton Miller (Raiders, No. 15) and Isaiah Wynn (Patriots, No. 23).
Until recently, however, McGlinchey was perhaps best known as being Matt Ryan's first cousin. Obviously, Reuben is on our team right now, so we're waiting to see how that goes.More news: Washington Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne: Instant grade and analysis
Was Ryan among the 150 celebrating with him in Pennsylvania? "And I'm really excited to get to work with him". "So he's still at home with them".